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Jamie Carragher has spoke out ahead of the Champions League final against Tottenham. The former Red believes Klopps men having experience in a european final can make all the difference.
It was just 12 months ago when a large portion of this current crop were in the Champions League final, as they lost 3-1 to Real Madrid. The loss comes with the caveat of a horror show from keeper Loris Karius and a wonder strike by Gareth Bale.
But with Tottenham having never reached this stage of the competition, Carragher believes they will struggle handle the occasion as well as his former side, giving them an edge to take home the silverware.
Speaking to the Anfield Wrap, the Sky Sports pundit gave his thoughts on the two mentalities going into the game;
“I think it’s a slight advantage for us that we’ve been there before last season,”
“You think, we’ve got a much better goalkeeper now, hopefully [Mohamed] Salah won’t go off in the first half [with injury like last year]. We’ll have a better midfield going into this game as well.
“I think you should never, ever underestimate the power of the history going into the final, even though both sets of clubs or players never played in those games.
“I think Liverpool will feel like they belong there. In some ways, Tottenham are just, ‘Wow, we’re in a Champions League final!’
“A lot of their fans probably never expected to see that. Not just this season, I’m talking in terms of, ‘We don’t normally do things like this, get to Champions League finals, win a European Cup.’
“I think for Liverpool, I wouldn’t say it feels normal but it’s like, ‘This is what we’re supposed to do. This is what our club is about.’
“This season there’s been a big gap between the clubs but in the last four or five years there hasn’t been, it’s been very tight really.
“I think that’s a big thing taking a bit of history into a final and that belief that, ‘Yeah we’re here, we should be here.’”