View from the Kop: Time for Klopp’s Liverpool to take what’s rightfully theirs – and why it has to be the Firmino final

Just four days now till the big one, and before Dan Kay and Paul Philbin pack their things and head off on the journey to Madrid, the season-ticket holders join host Paul Wheelock for a View from the Kop fans’ podcast. Saturday’s showdown with Tottenham Hotspur will be Liverpool’s third European final in as many seasons under Jurgen Klopp and the club’s fourth Champions League showpiece in 14 years. But Dan argues that remarkable record should not be taken for granted and nor the mental strength and determination shown by the Reds to make it to the Wanda Metropolitano. There is also plenty of praise for Klopp who incredibly has still yet to lose a European tie as Liverpool manager. But with his team favourites for a final for the first time in his reign, does he need to win on Saturday? Dan and Philbo discuss that as well as whether it would actually be better if Harry Kane is declared fit to start for Spurs. Mohamed Salah will surely start for Liverpool and the host wonders whether it is written in the stars for the Egyptian King to steal the show given his cruel downfall in last year’s final. The guests, however, believe it could be another Reds forward who could prove to be the match-winner. Dan and Philbo also dismiss claims Joe Gomez should start over Joel Matip, praise the resurgence of captain Jordan Henderson, argue why Gini Wijnaldum should get the nod over James Milner, as well as giving UEFA and their ticket allocation a good kicking. Enjoy – and we’ll be back later with Analysing Anfield as our podcast build-up to the final continues.

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