Liverpool have off-pitch DISADVANTAGE in Champions League final vs Tottenham

Liverpool and Tottenham both came back from 3-0 down in their semi-finals to set up an all-English affair in Madrid.

It is the fifth time Spain’s capital will hold the biggest game in club football, but the first at Atletico Madrid’s stadium.

Their recently-erected 67,829-seater cauldron is one of the most impressive football grounds in the world.

Atleti have lost just two out of 37 league games since inhabiting the Rosas neighbourhood showpiece, and that favouring to the home side could well play a part on June 1.

In the Champions League quarter-final and semi-final draw in early March, every side’s route to the final was plotted.

Liverpool ended up in the bottom half of the draw, meaning they were always going to be the ‘away side’ should they reach the final.

Although seemingly a trivial administrative obligation, being drawn as the home team means reaping the benefits of Atletico Madrid’s state-of-the-art bowl dressing room.

The away equivalent is far smaller and less modern, giving Liverpool what could be perceived as a slight disadvantage on the night.

The Reds were in the same position last year when they lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in Kiev.

Jurgen Klopp is just grateful to be in the final, though.

He was elated after his side’s heroics on Tuesday night against Barcelona, admitting he told his team, who were without Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, that he did not think it was possible to go through.

“I said to the boys before: ‘I don’t think it’s possible but because it’s you I think we have a chance,’” Klopp said.

“They are really mentality giants. It’s unbelievable.

“After the season we played, the games we had, the injuries we had now in this moment, if you go out there and ask who bet a penny on us, I don’t think you would find a lot of people.

“We know this club is the mix of atmosphere, emotion, desire and football quality. Cut off one and it doesn’t work.”

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