Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has hailed Tottenham’s Lucas Moura as a “top player” ahead of the Champions League final.
Spurs and Liverpool are just one day away from their colossal meeting in a European cup final in Madrid.
The all-English affair will see Liverpool gunning for redemption, after they lost in the final to Real Madrid last season.
Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino’s team have enjoyed a fairytale to get to the stage and have been underdogs throughout.
Alexander-Arnold has praised Moura on the eve of the game in a press conference and he could be a direct rival on the pitch.
Liverpool’s academy graduate Alexander-Arnold is likely to start at right-back, while speed machine Moura is an attacker that can play out wide or centrally.
“He came from a tough time in Paris but in the PL he’s proved himself to be a top player. They have beaten a lot of good teams, we respect them but we don’t need to get caught up in their quality,” Alexander-Arnold said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
Moura, who cost £23million (BBC), guided Spurs through their semi-final against Ajax with a stunning hat-trick in the second-half of the second leg.
He’s certainly a major threat going into the weekend’s final and has racked up 15 goals in all competitions so far.
But many people are speculating about whether he will be in the starting XI, with Heung-Min Son in contention and potentially even Harry Kane back from injury.
Alexander-Arnold has the experience of a Champions League final already and he will be hoping he could be a match-winner in Madrid.
The attack-minded right-back certainly has his own quality going forward with crosses into the box and he’s also a key part of a formidable defence that Jurgen Klopp has built.