Champions League Final: Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool eyeing top prize

Tottenham Hotpsur and Liverpool meet in Madrid on June 1 aiming to claim this season’s Champions League title.

Spurs are chasing their first ever success in Europe’s top club competition, while Liverpool are out to lift the trophy for the sixth time.

Both sides produced remarkable results in the semi-finals, recovering from three-goal deficits to make it through to the final.

Each side has seen some impressive playing performances on their way to Madrid, so read on as we look at three players who could make their mark in the final.

Moura looking for more

Lucas Moura described his dramatic winner in Spurs’ last-gasp win over Ajax in the semi-finals as ‘the best moment of my career’.

Spurs were three goals down on aggregate after 35 minutes of the second leg and looking as likely to win the Champions League as the horses listed at grandnational.org.uk.

However, Moura’s stunning second half hat-trick completed a stunning comeback to take them through to the final for the first time.

Moura has enjoyed an impressive first full season with Spurs and it would be no surprise to see him on the scoresheet against Liverpool.

Moment of truth for van Dijk

It is fair to say that Virgil van Dijk has given Liverpool the defensive stability they needed, but that hasn’t yet translated into trophies.

The defender helped Liverpool reach the last year’s final, where they were ultimately outclassed by Real Madrid.

The Reds failed to make any progress in either of the domestic cups this time around and they were pipped to the Premier League title by Manchester City.

If Liverpool’s £75 million investment in van Dijk is to be judged as a success, the Dutchman really needs to produce a big performance and lead his side to victory against Spurs.

A last hurrah for Eriksen?

Various media outlets in Spain have claimed that Spurs’ midfielder Christian Eriksen will join Madrid after the Champions League final.

The Denmark international is set to enter the final year of his contract at Spurs and has so far refused to agree a new deal with the club.

Eriksen has been hugely influential for Spurs this season, scoring 10 goals and creating another 17 in 50 appearances in all competitions.

He set up goals in both of Spurs’ Premier League meetings with Liverpool this term and can be expected to shine on what could be his final appearance for the club in Madrid.

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