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Klopp and Pochettino have similar problems ahead of UCL final

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Klopp and Pochettino have similar problems ahead of UCL final

It’s now only nine days until the Champions League final in Madrid, and Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are going through the motions in the build-up to the their biggest game of the season.

The two teams will battle it out on June 1 in Madrid and it will be a first trophy for either Jurgen Klopp or Mauricio Pochettino.

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The English sides reached the final having both produced amazing comebacks in their respective semi-finals.

Both managers have lots of thinking to do as they try to outwit their opposite number and arguably, Klopp and Pochettino are facing very similar dilemmas.

TBR’s view

At the time of writing Tottenham talisman Harry Kane and Liverpool dynamo Naby Keita are both doubts for the game, but have been tipped to feature.

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Kane has been nursing an ankle injury sustained against Manchester City at the quarter-final stage, while Keita has been sidelined since hobbling out against Barcelona a few weeks ago.

 

Both had been tipped to miss the rest of the season, but it would appear the pair are actually in contention with their respective recoveries going well.

Kane is back training now as reported by The Daily Mail, and Keita has ‘an outside chance’ according to The Liverpool Echo.

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Klopp and Pochettino must now decide whether or not to take the risk, with both players hugely important to their teams. Perhaps both will at least make the bench as 12 substitutes can be named for the final.

There is a risk with both that their inclusions will upset the balance of things and impact momentum.

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