Champions League 2019 final: Two sides, one shared ethos

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Jordan Henderson, his captain and workhorse. The Reds and Tottenham have harnessed English football's traditional strengths, energy and never-say-die spirit, with great success. PHOTO: REUTERS
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Jordan Henderson, his captain and workhorse. The Reds and Tottenham have harnessed English football's traditional strengths, energy and never-say-die spirit, with great success. PHOTO: REUTERS

Expect a tight final with Liverpool and Spurs both famous for high pressing, hard running

It was October 2015, it was Jurgen Klopp's first game as Liverpool manager and it was a 0-0 draw with Mauricio Pochettino's evolving Tottenham.

Then, they were 10th and seventh respectively in the Premier League. Almost four years later, they meet again as Europe's top two, the Champions League finalists. If both have progressed, they have done so with shared philosophies and on similar routes to Madrid.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 01, 2019, with the headline 'Two sides, one shared ethos'. Print Edition | Subscribe