Roberto Firmino is fit and ready to start the Champions League final, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed on Friday.

Firmino missed Liverpool's last three games with a groin injury but is available to face Tottenham in Madrid on Saturday.

The Brazil forward, though, is not guaranteed a place in the team for Saturday's showpiece.

Klopp was unwilling to give away any clues over his selection plans, with midfielder Naby Keita the only injury absentee.

"Yes, he's ready," Klopp said at a news conference when asked about Firmino's availability. "He's fit and he has trained. He should be fine.

"If he will start? I'll only tell you if Poch [Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino] gives away his full team!"

With Firmino absent, Divock Origi scored the decisive goal to seal a thrilling semi-final comeback against Barcelona earlier this month.

The Belgium striker had given the Reds an early lead in the second leg at Anfield before converting Trent Alexander-Arnold's clever corner to seal a 4-3 aggregate triumph.

Naby Keita has not recovered from an adductor injury in time to travel with Liverpool for the Champions League final, but Roberto Firmino is in the Reds' squad.

Keita was named in Guinea's provisional squad for the Africa Cup of Nations despite being ruled out for two months by Liverpool on May 3.

Any slim hopes the midfielder could return ahead of schedule were extinguished when Liverpool's 23-man travelling squad did not include him. 

Firmino has missed Liverpool's last three games with a groin injury but Jurgen Klopp expects him to be available to take on Tottenham in Madrid.

Liverpool are bidding to win a sixth European crown while Premier League rivals Spurs are in the final for the first time in the club's history.

Both teams produced stunning semi-final comebacks to reach the showpiece, Liverpool knocking out Barcelona while Spurs beat Ajax.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp likened his players to starved wolves in their remarkable Champions League semi-final turnaround against Barcelona as they prepare to face Tottenham.

The Reds tussle with Spurs at Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday in a bid to be crowned European champions for the sixth time.

That they are even in the final is an achievement in itself, as Liverpool went into the second leg of their clash with Barca 3-0 down from the first meeting in Camp Nou, seemingly staring at an end to their adventure.

But a stunning performance at Anfield on May 7 saw Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum score two apiece in a 4-0 win, with the crucial goal coming 11 minutes from time and securing progress to the final.

Klopp puts that comeback partly down to the performances of "madmen".

"It was not about progress, it was all about winning the second leg," Klopp told Sport1. "We knew we played a good game in Barcelona but ​​clearly lost, and at home we had to play a very good game and win.

"Then, as the game progresses, we see if we can get a score that will give us the chance to completely turn things around just before the end. It turned out that we were full of joyful anticipation for the game.

"We were up for it, even though it was the third game in six days. Then it helped that it was Barcelona and that it was the Champions League and you don't have to think about anything else, because the self-motivation of the players is of course huge.

"What happened then is football and not possible without luck. We needed a good goalkeeper, we needed a sensational defence and we needed a lot of courage to go through as we did.

"When I saw how we started, I had the impression that we had a couple of wolves on the field who had not eaten anything for eight weeks. They really did go like madmen."

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen paid tribute to Mauricio Pochettino for turning Spurs into Champions League finalists in what has been the "craziest" season.

Spurs will face Liverpool at Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday, as they look to become European champions for the first time.

Pochettino's side have defied expectations in reaching the showpiece, having dealt with Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and giant-killing Ajax en route.

Their last two ties have been particularly dramatic, as they eliminated City on away goals, before going through in similar fashion against Ajax, coming back from 3-0 down to level thanks to a last-gasp, hat-trick-clinching effort from Lucas Moura in Amsterdam.

The run to Madrid is, according to Vertonghen, a result of Pochettino's hard work.

"Five years ago he picked this club up and brought us to the level we are at now," the Belgian told reporters.

"He's done some unbelievable work. We have a great group of players, lots of young guys from the academy, lots of English internationals and guys from abroad who have a proper connection with the club now.

"All the guys together, here for so long with the manager, it's got us to this level. This is what we all hoped for.

"It's been the craziest Champions League ever and being at the end of that crazy campaign now is something unbelievable.

"I think every player has been used. We all played our part and hopefully we can hold the trophy at the end.

"How many games have we played to get here eventually? Twelve games? In every single one of them something crazy happened. There were like 16 times, maybe.

"At the end of my career, I'll hopefully look at this and think this was the most beautiful and craziest year of them all.

"I don't know about destiny. We have to win it, if it is to be destiny. But we feel very confident because of our campaign."

Tottenham and Liverpool will contest an all-English Champions League final in Madrid on Saturday and both teams certainly earned their place in the showpiece.

A day after the Reds remarkably overturned a 3-0 semi-final deficit against Barcelona, Spurs came back from being behind by the same margin with only 45 minutes of their tie against Ajax remaining in Amsterdam.

Both games were wild matches to live long in the memory but, somehow, they were entirely in keeping with the incredible drama this season's Champions League knockout stages have produced.

Routine fixtures became the exception as Europe's elite did battle in style.

Juventus 3 Atletico Madrid 0 (3-2 agg)

Setting the tone for a run of games where overturning the odds became vogue, Atletico Madrid saw a strong position crumble in the face of a familiar foe.

Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin gave Diego Simeone's men a 2-0 victory at the Wanda Metropolitano – prompting an X-rated celebrated from their boss in the eyes of UEFA – but the return match of the last-16 showdown belonged to Cristiano Ronaldo.

Massimiliano Allegri figured his star forward's aerial prowess could cause Atleti problems and so it proved when he powered in behind Juanfran to score in the 27th minute.

Jan Oblak could not prevent a second Ronaldo header from crossing his line after Godin and Gimenez were caught out by the five-time Ballon d'Or winner, who dispatched a penalty four minutes from time to complete a hat-trick and take his career tally versus Los Rojiblancos to 25.

Real Madrid 1 Ajax 4 (3-5 agg)

They might have fallen painfully in the semi-final, but Ajax's fearless young stars can reflect fondly upon one of the greatest ever modern Champions League campaigns.

Despite their impressive display in a 2-1 first-leg defeat, nobody really seemed to think Erik ten Hag's side could turn things around in the last 16 at the Santiago Bernabeu. Sergio Ramos certainly did not - he purposefully picked up a booking to avoid the risk of a quarter-final ban, earning an additional one-match suspension from UEFA in the process.

In the absence of their captain, Madrid completely capitulated to their fearless and thrilling opponents.

Hakim Ziyech and David Neres put the visitors 2-0 up by the 18th minute and it was 3-0 just after the hour thanks to the inspired Dusan Tadic.

Marco Asensio got a goal back but Lasse Schone's free-kick beat Thibaut Courtois and sent Madrid crashing out. It was the first time they had ever been knocked out after winning the first leg of a Champions League tie.

Paris Saint-Germain 1 Manchester United 3 (3-3 agg, United won on away goals)

A day on from Ajax's thrashing of Madrid, Manchester United made history at Parc des Princes.

No side had ever won a knockout tie after trailing 2-0 from a first leg at home, and with 10 senior players missing, including the banned Paul Pogba, United's chances looked slim.

Romelu Lukaku scored just two minutes in, though, and despite Juan Bernat's equaliser on the night, Lukaku capitalised upon a Gianluigi Buffon error to make it 2-1.

As the game crept towards second-half injury time, Diogo Dalot's shot struck Presnel Kimpembe's arm and the referee awarded a penalty after a lengthy VAR review. Marcus Rashford scored it, United progressed and the clamour for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be given the permanent manager's job grew louder.

Manchester City 4 Tottenham 3 (4-4 agg, Spurs win on away goals)

Tottenham scored through Son Heung-min in a tense, frenetic first leg. Crucially, as it turned out, City did not. They were not about to make the same mistake as Raheem Sterling thrashed an early opener past Hugo Lloris at the Etihad Stadium.

Son responded with two superb finishes of his own, leaving Pep Guardiola's side with a quarter-final mountain to climb. They duly began to scale it. Bernardo Silva scored, Sterling scored again. There had only been 21 minutes played.

Something faintly resembling a normal football match broke out and Sergio Aguero finished emphatically to give City the lead in the tie for the first time in the 59th minute.

In a sight Ajax are now familiar with, Spurs looked spent until Fernando Llorente bundled them back into the lead on away goals. That advantage ultimately remained, but only after Sterling thought he had completed his hat-trick. Bedlam ensued until VAR showed Aguero was fractionally offside during the build-up.

Liverpool 4 Barcelona 0 (4-3 agg)

Fresh from netting a late winner at Newcastle United the weekend before, Divock Origi allowed the Liverpool faithful to dream by poaching his maiden Champions League goal in the seventh minute. Still, overturning the 3-0 advantage Barca had brought to Merseyside looked a tall order.

Jurgen Klopp needed Alisson to be on form as he saved from Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, before another unlikely hero emerged.

Andy Robertson's injury forced James Milner to left-back and Georginio Wijnaldum into the fray at half-time. By the hour, the Dutch midfielder had Liverpool level thanks to two goals in 122 delirious seconds.

Origi had the final word thanks to Trent Alexander-Arnold's quick thinking from a 79th-minute corner, leaving Barcelona and Messi crestfallen.

Ajax 2 Tottenham 3 (3-3 agg, Spurs win on away goals)

As they did at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Ajax made a smooth start and led through their inspirational captain Matthijs de Ligt in the fifth minute.

Ziyech emphatically made it 2-0 on the night and 3-0 on aggregate, but Lucas changed the complexion of the contest with a quickfire brace as he was supported by Dele Alli's intelligent running from midfield and Llorente's robust accompaniment in attack.

Ziyech hit the post and Spurs centre-back Jan Vertonghen hit the bar. Amsterdam held its breath and Lucas proved to be the coolest man in the stadium in the 96th minute, sending his side onwards to the Wanda Metropolitano.

Trent Alexander-Arnold believes Liverpool will become "unstoppable" once they secure their first piece of silverware under manager Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool face Tottenham in the Champions League final in Madrid on Saturday looking to deliver the club's first trophy since 2012.

Klopp's men managed to secure 97 points in the Premier League this season, but fell short to champions Manchester City.

But Alexander-Arnold feels a title could lead to a period of sustained success for Liverpool.

"This team is good enough to win leagues, to win Champions Leagues," the full-back told ESPN.

"We've shown that across the last two seasons especially and we just need to get over the line now.

"I'm sure as soon as we get one, we'll be unstoppable and that's the focus for us – becoming a formidable team that is unbreakable."

Liverpool are in the Champions League final for the second straight season, having suffered a 3-1 loss to Real Madrid last year.

Alexander-Arnold, 20, said Liverpool had improved since that defeat to Madrid in Kiev.

"This time we know what it's all about, we understand everything around the game so we'll be more prepared in that respect," he said.

"We're a more complete team. During the course of this season, we've shown a variety of ways to win and to conduct ourselves. When we score first, we're very hard to break down. If we need a late goal, we can produce it. If we need to manage a period of a game and take the sting out of it, we know what to do.

"If we're not at 100 per cent, Spurs can hurt us, but we will be leaving everything we've got on that pitch."

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner insists the club's owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) are not seeking to sell the Champions League finalists.

The Reds will compete for what would be the first silverware of the Jurgen Klopp era when they face Tottenham on Saturday in Madrid.

Klopp has been linked with Serie A champions Juventus, rumours he dismissed as "bull****", with Werner also rejecting suggestions the German could leave.

And the Liverpool chairman believes the burgeoning partnership between FSG and Klopp will continue for many years to come.

"We don't really want to discuss his situation publicly, especially so close to the final," Werner told the Liverpool Echo of Klopp's future at Anfield.

“But I think you know that we think the world of him. We have already extended his contract once. All I can say is that it's obviously important that he stays for as long as he likes. We believe that he's committed to Liverpool.

"Our philosophy is rooted in the belief that when there is an atmosphere where people are empowered to work together as a team, great things can happen. Obviously, it starts with Jurgen and his outstanding leadership. That's critical to everything that we've achieved this year."

On claims FSG are seeking a buyer, Werner added: "Every time those rumours come up we bat them down. I hope people now know that we are focused on continuing the progress of this club.

"We have no intention of selling. We have reached a position where I think the club is in the best shape it's been for a very long time. We have always said that our desire is to win silverware and we're hungry to touch that trophy in Madrid."

Liverpool missed out on the Premier League title despite setting a club-record points total, with Manchester City instead retaining their crown.

But City are under investigation over potential Financial Fair Play breaches, although the club have strongly denied any wrongdoing.

"One of the reasons why we were pleased to become involved with Liverpool was that we believed in the importance of Financial Fair Play rules," Werner said.

"I don't know very much about what's going on with the [City] investigations but all I can say is that we are strong advocates of the rules.

"We expect all the clubs in the league and all the clubs in Europe to comply. If they don't comply then there should be punishments."

Supporting cast members played essential roles as Liverpool and Tottenham mounted incredible comebacks to reach the Champions League final and now the time has come for the stars to shine.

Divock Origi helped to bury Barcelona, Lucas Moura left Ajax in ruins and yet neither semi-final hero has been able to squeeze into our combined XI of the individuals aiming to snatch the headlines this Saturday.

Harry Kane, an increasingly strong chance to feature at the Wanda Metropolitano, also sits out on this occasion with Opta data employed to aid the tough calls in areas of extreme depth.

Extra attention has been paid to performances in Europe and led to the creation of a high-performing team blessed with top talent from back to front.

 

Alisson

Liverpool would not have made it out of their group were it not for Alisson, who produced a superb save to preserve a slender one-goal lead in the closing stages against Napoli in December.

In that moment, the Brazil international – who finished the Premier League season with the Golden Glove having kept the most clean sheets – showed the value of spending big on a position of need.

 

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Liverpool's right-back gets the nod ahead of fellow England international Kieran Trippier. The Tottenham defender was superb for England at the 2018 World Cup but has not hit those same heights this season for his club and was left out of Gareth Southgate's squad for the Nations League Finals.

Alexander-Arnold has had his difficult moments too, and Jurgen Klopp opted to pick Joe Gomez ahead of him for the first leg of the semi-final against Barca. However, the 20-year-old is a key outlet for the Reds in attack, giving him the nod over his compatriot in this XI.

 

 

Virgil van Dijk

Can £75million be considered a bargain? When Liverpool agreed to stump up a record fee for a defender to get Van Dijk from Southampton, some questioned the figure for a player whose only previous Champions League experience had come at Celtic.

The Dutchman has turned out to be worth every last penny, becoming a colossal figure at the heart of Liverpool's defence despite a shuffling of the deck next to him due to injuries.

 

Jan Vertonghen

Vertonghen has been through the wars in this season's Champions League. The Belgian suffered a head injury in the first meeting with Ajax, leading to him being helped off the field before half-time, then played through the pain of an ankle injury as Spurs sealed a stunning comeback in stoppage time of the return fixture.

He made six more interceptions than team-mate Toby Alderweireld in two fewer appearances and shone in the efficient last-16 triumph over Borussia Dortmund, scoring one and creating another of the three first-leg goals.

 

Andy Robertson

Completing an all-Liverpool full-back pairing, Robertson makes the line-up after underlying his qualities in another superb campaign. His raids down the left caused Sergi Roberto all sorts of problems in the first leg against Barcelona, even if the Spanish side did come out on top.

Playing against Real Madrid a year ago in Kiev capped a remarkable debut season for Robertson on Merseyside. Now, 12 months on, he has established himself as one of the best full-backs in Europe.

 

Jordan Henderson

Klopp might find players knocking on his door more often after captain Henderson's request for fewer defensive responsibilities led to the rebirth of a high-energy, creative influence at the heart of a midfield that, in modern parlance, needed verticality.

An outstanding display in the quarter-final victory against Porto at Anfield in April heralded a box-to-box role as Henderson's best and, with a high tackle success rate of 81.25 per cent, Liverpool have lost none of the England international's combativeness.

 

Moussa Sissoko

From transfer flop to cream of the crop – the 2018-19 season has seen quite a turnaround for Sissoko, a midfielder with endless energy but who has also demonstrated his technical abilities, too.

Lucas' star turn at the Johan Cruijff ArenA could not have occurred without Sissoko harrying every Ajax player in sight and it is his superior passing and tackling numbers to James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum that are enough for a place in this three-man engine room.

 

Christian Eriksen

Kane's irregular availability through injury left others at Tottenham to pick up the slack in attack and Eriksen took the initiative, the Dane scoring twice and assisting four in the run to the final.

The 27 chances he created in 11 appearances account for more than Henderson and Roberto Firmino combined and proved the rumoured Real Madrid target as a player belonging to Europe's top bracket.

 

Sadio Mane

Patrolling the right flank is the dependable, incisive and indefatigable Mane, who has appeared in each of the Reds' 12 outings in Europe this term and been an inspirational figure.

In surely the best of his three seasons since arriving from Southampton, the unselfish Senegal winger has been responsible for creating 16 chances in the Champions League, more than each of the attackers angling for a place in this side's front three.

 

Son Heung-min 

England captain Kane's return to fitness presents something of a selection quandary for Mauricio Pochettino that seemed unthinkable until Son began tearing holes through opposition defences both domestically and on the continent.

In the South Korea star, the Spurs boss has an intelligent, agile forward who seems to relish playing centrally and supplies key goals in big games. His first in the quarter-finals against Manchester City tipped the balance in Tottenham's favour; the next two helped to torpedo the Premier League champions.

 

Mohamed Salah

Substituted in tears after damaging his shoulder in a tangle with Sergio Ramos this time last year, the stage is now set for Salah to enjoy a more fitting finale to another fine campaign.

The brilliant Egypt forward's four Champions League goals this time around included the crucial winner against Napoli that propelled Liverpool into the knockout rounds, and he will hope another can overwrite the images of his agony in the 2018 defeat to Madrid.

The stage is set for the second all-English final in Champions League history as Liverpool prepare to take on Tottenham in Madrid on Saturday.

Mauricio Pochettino's upstart Spurs side have proven capable of outperforming expectations and they must defy the weight of recent evidence that says teams in their position struggle.

The Reds, in contrast, head to the Wanda Metropolitano hardened by last season's character-building loss to Real Madrid, the first part of what could be a history making double for their young right-back.

Here, thanks to Opta data, we take a look at the key numbers behind the continent's showpiece encounter.

 

9 - Liverpool are playing in their ninth European Cup/Champions League final, the most of all English clubs. Five of the appearances have resulted in victories.

5 - This weekend's match marks Tottenham's maiden trip to the Champions League final. The last five first-time finalists all lost (Chelsea 2008, Arsenal 2006, Monaco 2004, Bayer Leverkusen 2002 and Valencia 2000).

21 - If Trent Alexander-Arnold starts for Liverpool, he will be the first the player aged under 21 to do so in consecutive Champions League finals. The previous youngest is Christian Panucci with Milan in 1994 and 1995.

16 - Lucas Moura fired Tottenham into the final with a decisive hat-trick in their semi-final win at Ajax, scoring more goals in that game than in his previous 16 appearances in the competition combined (two).

3 - Jurgen Klopp is through to this stage of the competition for the third time in his career, following defeats with Liverpool in 2018 and Borussia Dortmund in 2013. Marcello Lippi is the only coach to lose three successive European Cup/Champions league finals (1997, 1998 and 2003 with Juventus).

17 - No team has conceded more goals in the Champions League this season than Tottenham's 17, close to half of which have been scored in the opening 15 matches (41 per cent).

10 - Of players to have scored at least 10 Champions League goals in their career, Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has netted the highest percentage of his haul in the competition's knockout stages (71.4 per cent, 10/14).

1982 - Liverpool and Tottenham have only met once before in a major final, in the League Cup at Wembley in 1982. The Reds equalised late to force extra-time before winning 3-1.

Jurgen Klopp masterminded a stunning 97-point season in the Premier League only to be pipped on the final day by a relentless Manchester City.

In many respects, it would feel cruel for such a phenomenal side to finish the campaign without a trophy.

But that is exactly what will happen if Mauricio Pochettino's Champions League shock troops can seal silverware for Tottenham at Liverpool's expense in Madrid.

Klopp must overcome Spurs, as well as a wretched individual record in major finals.

Here, we look at some memories the charismatic German will hope to banish on Saturday.

2012 DFB-Pokal final: Borussia Dortmund 5 Bayern Munich 2

Shinji Kagawa gave Dortmund an early lead, one that was restored by Mats Hummels' penalty after Bayern's Arjen Robben had converted a spot kick of his own. Robert Lewandowski then took centre-stage with a hat-trick as Klopp's Dortmund closed out a domestic double. It remains his last victory in a final.

2013 Champions League final: Borussia Dortmund 1 Bayern Munich 2

The Klassiker rivals reconvened for the following year's Champions League final at Wembley but Jupp Heynckes' Bayern now held the upper hand. Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring before Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan converted a 68th-minute penalty. Franck Ribery's backheel was snaffled by Robben for the winner a minute from time and Bayern would go on to complete the treble.

2014 DFB-Pokal final: Borussia Dortmund 0 Bayern Munich 2 (aet)

Pep Guardiola and Klopp were first pitted against each other when the Catalan took the reins at Bayern from Heynckes for 2013-14 and duly cantered to Bundesliga glory. Dortmund ended up 19 points behind their rivals but the 2014 DFB-Pokal final was a tight and keenly contest affair – goalless after 90 minutes before Robben and Thomas Muller struck in extra time.

2015 DFB-Pokal final: Borussia Dortmund 1 Wolfsburg 3

Klopp's final season at Dortmund threatened to implode completely before a recovery after the turn of the year averted a feared relegation battle and sealed Europa League qualification. A dream farewell looked to be in prospect but they were outgunned in the Pokal by a Kevin De Bruyne-inspired Wolfsburg. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang poached an early opener for BVB but Luiz Gustavo, De Bruyne and Bas Dost all struck in a 16-minute period where goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak did not cover himself in glory.  

2016 EFL Cup final: Liverpool 1 Manchester City 1 (aet, 1-3 on penalties)

Picking up the pieces from the disappointing denouement of Brendan Rodgers' reign, Klopp galvanised Liverpool in the 2015-16 season and had an early shot at silverware. Philippe Coutinho forced extra time after fellow Brazil international Fernandinho opened the scoring for City. The shoot-out was all about an Argentinian, though, as Willy Caballero saved from Lucas Leiva, Coutinho and Adam Lallana – allowing Yaya Toure to dispatch the winning penalty.

2016 Europa League final: Liverpool 1 Sevilla 3

The Reds rebounded from that setback to plot a path to the Europa League final, thanks in part to an astonishing comeback against Klopp's old employers Dortmund. Daniel Sturridge dispatched an exquisite 35th-minute opener with the outside of his left boot, only for competition specialists Sevilla to turn the game on its head after the interval. Kevin Gameiro levelled from the restart and a roving Coke struck twice as Unai Emery's team won their third consecutive title.

2018 Champions League final: Liverpool 1 Real Madrid 3

The Liverpool side Klopp took to his next showpiece was a different beast altogether, operating entirely in line with his high-intensity tactical demands. However, the most valuable part of his ensemble, Mohamed Salah, was infamously injured in a first-half tussle with Sergio Ramos. Another member of Klopp's vaunted forward line, Sadio Mane, did find the target to equalise but it would be a game bookended by hideous Loris Karius errors and a Gareth Bale wondergoal.

Andy Robertson dismissed suggestions Liverpool deserved to win the Champions League as reward for a fine season.

Jurgen Klopp's men face Tottenham in the decider in Madrid on Saturday having fallen just short in their bid to win the Premier League title.

Despite claiming 97 points, Liverpool finished second to champions Manchester City.

But Robertson said that meant nothing heading into the final against Spurs, who finished fourth in the Premier League.

"I've heard a few people say that, but for me we don't deserve anything yet," the left-back said, via the Daily Express.

"We aren't going into it thinking we deserve it because we've had a good season and got 97 points. Never. That'd be stupid."

Liverpool are in the Champions League final for the second straight campaign, having been beaten by Real Madrid 3-1 last year.

Robertson, 25, is unsure if the experience from Kiev will have any impact at the Wanda Metropolitano.

"We knew what we were up against last season and we know what we're up against this season. Both teams have got big-game experience, which can help," he said.

"But last season I don't think has any bearing on this. It's a different challenge, a different team, different setup.

"Maybe we'll know more when the game kicks off and we can look back and say it made a difference, but right now it doesn't feel that way."

Andy Robertson pinpointed Jurgen Klopp's response to a humbling defeat at Barcelona as the key moment in Liverpool's run to the Champions League final.

The Reds have reached this stage for a second year running and will take on Tottenham in Madrid on Saturday, but they were on the brink of elimination in the last four.

Klopp's men lost 3-0 at Camp Nou as Lionel Messi and Barca took control of the semi-final, only for Liverpool to bounce back with a stunning 4-0 win at Anfield.

Left-back Robertson suggests that victory was set in motion moments after he and his team-mates left the Barcelona pitch.

"At that stage, we felt flat, which was probably unavoidable," Robertson wrote in The Players' Tribune. "Although we were in Barcelona, Madrid couldn't have felt further away.

"Then the manager came into the dressing room, bouncing and wearing his trademark massive smile.

"'Boys, boys, boys!' he says, 'We are not the best team in the world. Now you know that. Maybe they are! Who cares? Who cares! We can still beat the best team in the world. Let's go again'.

"It might have taken me a second, or maybe the entire flight back to Liverpool to believe him, but in hindsight that was the moment that changed everything for us.

"In football, everyone always talks about belief. Every team says they had it after a comeback. But that's not the case at every club. It's just not.

"The manager, he starts it all. He lights the touch paper and then Anfield does what it does."

Robertson is prepared for a tough test against Spurs but believes Liverpool will deserve their sixth European Cup title if it finally arrives after defeat to Real Madrid 12 months ago.

"It feels good to have another crack at this final," he said. "Nobody deserves it more than our supporters, who have backed us through the good times and the heartbreak.

"But like us, they will know that we are up against a top side in Spurs. Mauricio Pochettino and his players will be just as determined as we are to do something special in a final like this.

"The thing that matters most is that our fate is in our hands. We know that. And if there's one thing I can guarantee about this team, about this group of players, it's that we will stop at nothing to try to make our supporters' dreams come true.

"If that does happen, it won't be a fairy tale. It'll be because we deserve it."

Harry Kane has been named in Tottenham's travelling squad for Saturday's Champions League final in Madrid.

The England captain has not featured since Spurs' quarter-final first leg win over Manchester City, but he is in line to play against Liverpool this weekend.

Tottenham have reached the Champions League final for the first time in their history and Kane this week revealed he is ready to play after recovering from an ankle injury.

"I could play if the Champions League final was today," he said on Monday.

Harry Winks, like Kane, has not played since April 9 due to a groin issue, but he has also made Mauricio Pochettino's squad.

Winks and Spurs team-mate Kieran Trippier were cut from England's Nations League Finals selection this week, while Kane was included.

The rest of Pochettino's squad was as expected, with no unforeseen issues evident as they travel to Spain.

Jurgen Klopp claimed last season's Champions League final showed why only the result matters as Liverpool prepare for another "life-changer".

The Reds have reached European football's showpiece match for a second consecutive season and face Tottenham in Madrid on Saturday.

But Liverpool fell short against Real Madrid a year ago, losing a final in Kiev in which star man Mohamed Salah went off injured and Loris Karius made two dismal errors - though it was later revealed the goalkeeper had suffered a bout of concussion during the contest.

Klopp insisted he recovered quickly from that setback yet pointed out that the nature of that defeat showed the result this weekend has far greater importance than the Reds' performance.

"I actually decided that night [in Kiev] that it would not really... keep me," he told the Independent. "You saw the game. It happened like it happened. What can you do?

"Yes, disappointment, being sad, all that stuff. But when we arrived in England again, I was already over it. I was pretty much the only one, actually because I saw my family coming, and they didn't look like they were over it - my friends, as well.

"And I remembered standing in the queue for the flight in Kiev, all in tracksuits, heads down, waiting for the check-in, and I remembered: I want to come back. I want to do it again.

"I didn't think at that moment that we would have the chance immediately next year. But now we have. And that's cool.

"You get over it. Years ago [in 2014 with Borussia Dortmund], we played the cup final against Bayern Munich, a tight game, 0-0.

"We scored a goal, [but there was] no goal-line technology. Pretty much everyone in the stadium saw it, but the ref didn't. Extra-time: Bayern score one, everything opens up, they score a second one, done.

"We didn't lose. But people don't want to hear that. People only care about the result.

"Who spoke about the [Sergio] Ramos and Salah incident after the game if not us? Who said [Karius] had a concussion? People say, 'Ha ha, he had a concussion'. But he had a concussion.

"Five days after the final, he had 37 or 40 concussion points. But how can you use it? You only learn to sit back and accept all the things that happen around you. Deal with yourself. Don't expect any help.

"I'm not a frustrated person. You will not be interested after the final how the goals happened - maybe a little bit, but for 10 minutes, then it's over.

"For us, it can be a life-changer. That's the situation we are in."

Erik Lamela insists Tottenham cannot allow nerves to ruin their "dream" Champions League final against Liverpool.

Spurs will play their maiden European Cup final in Madrid on Saturday, bidding to deliver the first silverware of manager Mauricio Pochettino's five-year tenure.

But while most of the Tottenham squad are preparing for the biggest match of their careers so far, Lamela is keen for them to relish the occasion.

"I think it is a game we have to enjoy," Lamela said. "When we were young, we dreamed of playing these games and now we have the opportunity.

"We need to work hard and focus this week and, when we get to the stadium and get onto the pitch, we need to know what our responsibilities are. But we need to enjoy and try to take the opportunity to be part of history for this club.

"I try to keep calm and I think of all that I have done to arrive here in this position. Those things never leave you. We have a great opportunity with this game. We have to enjoy it."

And Argentina international Lamela recalls the success of compatriots Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa in winning the 1981 FA Cup with Spurs. The former also lifted the 1984 UEFA Cup – the club's last continental triumph.

"I would like to win a trophy with this club just like Ossie did," he said.

"When I was young I used to watch the Premier League and, of course, I knew of Tottenham because of Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa. I speak more with Ossie because I see him more at the training ground than Ricky.

"It would be fantastic to help Tottenham make history."

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