5.01pm BST
Hello and welcome to coverage of the 63rd European Cup/Champions League final, the ninth featuring Liverpool and the very first one with Tottenham Hotspur. Not many people expected Mauricio Pochettino’s team to make it this far but now that they are here, thanks to two of the most dramatic victories in the tournament’s history – first over Manchester City and then over Ajax – they intend to make off with the big prize. Just imagine! Tottenham: European champions despite not being English champions since 1961, back when Elvis’s Wooden Heart was top of the hit parade!
For now, though, that is still just a wild dream for Spurs, and Liverpool intend to make sure it stays that way. They have been authors of some spectacular dramas themselves this season – just ask Lionel Messi – and they want this trophy badly. They came agonisingly close to lifting it last season, just as they came agonisingly close to lifting the Premier League this season, and they will be distraught if they do not leave Madrid today as kings of Europe for a sixth time. But not for one second will Jürgen Klopp’s men be anticipating a straightforward win.
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