John Barnes predicts Liverpool FC v Tottenham in Champions League final
Former Reds captain John Barnes says Liverpool FC v Tottenham in the Champions League final is too close to call
John Barnes says Liverpool FC v Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final is “too close to call”.
The Premier League rivals will go head-to-head in the European showpiece as both clubs look to end the 2018-19 season with the biggest trophy in European football.
Liverpool FC finished the top-flight campaign with 97 points but Jurgen Klopp’s men still ended up a point adrift of champions Manchester City.
Tottenham, on the other hand, ended up in fourth spot and 26 points behind the Merseyside outfit in the title race.
The Reds were 2-1 winners against Spurs in their first Premier League meeting of the campaign in August before Liverpool FC were fortuitous to secure a 2-1 win over Spurs at Anfield back in April.
Liverpool FC secured their place in the Champions League final thanks to a 4-0 victory over FC Barcelona in the second leg of their semi-final.
Tottenham progressed on the away goals rule after Spurs came from 2-0 down to beat Ajax 3-2 at the Amsterdam Arena.
Former England and Liverpool FC midfielder Barnes was unable to separate the two Premier League sides ahead of Saturday night’s Champions League final.
Barnes told Sky Sports News: “Obviously I’m hoping for a Liverpool win, but it’s too close to call.
“I know how they’ll play; they’ll play as consistently as they’ve played all season. They’ll put on a performance but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re going to win because Tottenham are a good team.
“With Harry Kane I think they’re a better team. Without Harry Kane they may not play as well but they have individuals who can win games by themselves, as Lucas Moura showed. You’ve got Son, Dele Alli – great players.
“Liverpool will put on a performance, but that’s what they’ve done all year. With Tottenham we don’t know; however, that’s dangerous. They don’t have to play, as in the second half against Ajax they won the game in the second half with individuals.”
Liverpool FC and Tottenham are meeting in the first all-English Champions League final since Manchester United beat Chelsea FC on penalties in Moscow in 2008.