Spurs boss says past results with Liverpool count for nothing

Mauricio Pochettino and Moussa Sissoko discuss Jurgen Klopp’s team and the previous meeting between the Champions League finalists this season

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino (left) and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the Premier League match at...

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino (left) and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the Premier League match at Wembley Stadium (pic: Adam Davy/PA Images). - Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

Spurs and Liverpool know each over inside out ahead of the Champions League final after two tight contests in the Premier League this season.

Jurgen Klopp's team managed to triumph 2-1 both times, at Wembley in September and at Anfield in March.

But while the Reds deserved the points in London, the encounter in Merseyside may have been different had the visitors taken their chances.

As it was, an error by Hugo Lloris handed the Reds a late winner and success again, but Mauricio Pochettino says that all counts for nothing now.

He said: "It is going to be a completely difficult game. We cannot prepare for the final of the Champions League thinking about a few months ago or six months ago.

"When you play in Premier League or Carabao Cup or FA Cup the circumstances are completely different.

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"This is a competition in which we've never faced each other before, so it's going to be different. That is why our focus is completely on ourselves and what we are going to do or not do.

"I don't care if it's one or another team in front. In this case it is a team we know very well and they know us very well. But we didn't prepare thinking of the game we played at Wembley or Anfield.

"This is Madrid. It will be the Champions League. The circumstances are completely different and it would be a massive mistake to prepare like we play in the past in other circumstances in a different competition."

Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino scored for the Reds at Wembley to put them in control, before Erik Lamela set up a nervy finale with a late effort.

In truth, Liverpool were in control for most of the game and Spurs were fortunate to lose by only one goal.

The return meeting was a different story and a game of two halves with Firmino on target again to make it 1-0 at half time.

At this point, Tottenham had not been at the races, but they came out determined and eventually equalised via Lucas Moura.

Both sides pushed to find a winner and Moussa Sissoko missed a great chance before Lloris pushed the ball onto Toby Alderweireld and it handed Liverpool a 2-1 victory.

If Spurs can down the Reds, it would help avenge that glorious opportunity spurned by Tottenham's number 17.

He insists, however, Saturday's final in Madrid is not about personal glory for him, but it would cap a stunning transformation for the former Newcastle United midfielder.

Sissoko said: "The last game, of course I remember. We played well. We should have come back with at least a draw and at the end I had a big chance.

"I should have scored, but now it's the past and I need to look forward and I know we'll have a lot of chances to score.

"If I play - because we don't know yet - if I score I'll be happy and the team will be happy for me, but the most important thing is to win.

"It doesn't matter who is on the pitch, we all go in the same direction, with one game left and if we do it we'll all be proud and will deserve that victory."

Tottenham are taking on a brilliant Liverpool team, who reached the final last year, but lost 3-1 to a Real Madrid side inspired by Gareth Bale.

Klopp's men picked up 97 points in the league and only lost once in the division, but Spurs are excited about the challenge, not fearful.

Sissoko, who claimed the inaugural Legends' Player of the Season award, said: "I'm not scared of Liverpool.

"It will be XI on the pitch and someone on the bench and I'm not scared of anyone. We need to challenge and we have to give our best and if we do that I think we can beat any team because in the past we showed it.

"We played against some great teams and won and we have to do the same, if not more. In the final, everyone will be more excited and try to give everything, but if we give our best we can beat any team."

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