Liverpool will play their second Champions League final in two years but if the Reds are going to beat Tottenham, Jurgen Klopp will need to get his starting XI spot on.

The German surprised Barcelona with his tactics during the 4-0 comeback at Anfield in the last four but Tottenham are familiar with how Klopp’s side operates.

Mauricio Pochettino really ought to know what to expect and the hope for Liverpool is that they prevail by simply being the better side.

Mauricio Pochettino.

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At the back, Klopp better not try to surprise Spurs and must go for his tried and tested back five of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson in front of Alisson Becker.

The worst thing Klopp could do at this stage is to drop Trent for Joe Gomez as he did in the first leg of the semi-final against Barcelona at Camp Nou, with the Scouser’s creativity of the utmost importance to the Reds’ chances of winning the final on Saturday.

 

Similarly, the midfield balance needs to be spot on and Fabinho, Henderson and Wijnaldum would be the best midfield three for Klopp to select.

Fabinho and Lionel Messi.

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While fans would love to see Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain come in and make a dream contribution, the only other midfielder that would be likely to start would be James Milner.

Up front, it’s clear that Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will be the forward line to face Spurs.

Predicted starting XI: Alisson, Trent, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Firmino, Salah.

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