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Danny Murphy names Liverpool FC star who will trouble Tottenham defence

Danny Murphy feels that Sadio Mane could trouble Kieran Trippier in Liverpool FC's clash with Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final

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Danny Murphy believes that Kieran Trippier may struggle to deal with the attacking talent of Sadio Mane as Tottenham Hotspur prepare to take on Liverpool FC in the Champions League final.

Spurs are gearing up for their first ever Champions League final as they prepare to take on the Reds in Madrid on Saturday night.

The Lilywhites earned plenty of praise for their performance as they came from three goals down to make their way past Ajax in the semi-finals of Europe’s elite club competition.

Liverpool FC, meanwhile, came from 3-0 down to beat FC Barcelona in the semi-finals as Jurgen Klopp’s men look to go one step further than they did last season.

Mane has been one of Liverpool FC’s key men this season, and the 27-year-old Senegal international has scored 26 goals in all competitions for the Reds.

Former Liverpool FC and Spurs midfielder Murphy feels that England international Trippier may struggle to deal with Mane’s attacking talent on Saturday night in Madrid.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Sport Review on behalf of your-promotional-code.co.uk, Murphy said: “Son [Heung-Min] up top has played very well and scored lots of goals, but if [Lucas] Moura is to play, it will be through the middle.

“He won’t change that winning formula after the semi-final, whether it’s Son or Moura because they are both runners. They don’t have [Harry] Kane’s physical strength to hold the ball up, and bringing other players in is not really their strength.

“Every team needs to adapt when certain players are missing, and you have to play to your strengths.

“It is a fascinating build up to the final to see who they play and what formation Mauricio Pochettino plays because they also have the decision about whether he plays three centre backs or a back four as he has changed it quite a few times.

“I would be tempted to give their front three the respect they deserve and play three at the back, which would turn into five at the back. Trippier against Mane could be problematic.”

Murphy went on to explain that the game is more important for Spurs than it is for Liverpool FC.

“It’s a more important game for Tottenham than Liverpool,” he continued. “If Liverpool go on to lose, they will still be competing next year, and they will get over the line at some point with the quality they have got.

“It would be a huge disappointment for the club, but I don’t think it will hold their progression whereas if Spurs do not win it, they have a bigger problem in attracting and keeping players.

“The benefits for Tottenham are huge, all of a sudden they are the champions of Europe and they will become a lot more attractive.

“They money that will be generated will be massive, and players that might have been thinking of leaving, might start thinking differently.”

Liverpool FC reached the final of the Champions League last season but ended up losing 3-1 to Real Madrid in the showpiece to leave them searching for their first major trophy under Klopp.

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