By: Matt Jacobson (Online Sports Editor)
Liverpool Football Club will defeat the Tottenham Hotspurs Football Club, both of the Premier League in England, on June 1, 2019 in the Union of European Football Associations Champions League Final in Madrid, Spain at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
This will be the second time in UEFA Champions League history that there will be an all English final. The last time was when Manchester United Football Club beat Chelsea Football Club on penalties back in 2008 at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.
They have the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year Virgil Van Dijk, who has cemented himself as one of the best defenders in the world, winning seventy four percent of tackles and blocking eighteen shots. He strikes fear in offenses and it is very hard to work around him.
If somehow they manage to avoid Van Dijk, the last line of defense is the Premier League leader in clean sheets Allison Becker in net with twenty one shutouts. That is more than half of the thirty eight games that Liverpool did not allow a goal.
They have a lethal offense and are equipped with the Premier League’s two of the three leading scorers Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, each scoring twenty two goals. This deadly duo will out maneuver any defense to get the ball in the back of the net.
Liverpool is very familiar with the finals as they were just here last year in a 3-1 losing effort against Real Madrid of La Liga at the Olympic National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine. It was a well played game by everyone on Liverpool except by former goalkeeper Loris Karius, who gave Real Madrid two goals on a silver platter by making costly blunders including rolling the ball into Karim Benzema’s feet and letting Gareth Bale’s shot go directly through his hands.
They have already beat Tottenham in the Premier League regular season 2-1 and had twenty six points on them on the 2018-2019 Premier League table.
Despite them not winning the Premier League this year, they had the third most points in league history with ninety seven points, only behind this year’s and last year’s Manchester City Football Club with ninety eight and one hundred points. They are also the best team in the league to not win the regular season title. In the Premier League, they only had one loss the entire season and that was against the soon to be champions, Manchester City.
They are also on quite the roll so far, as they have won four out of their last five games, including the thrilling series against Football Club Barcelona of La Liga, when they scored four goals in the second leg after being down three goals in the first leg.