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Klopp: Spurs aren’t suffering a Champions League hangover

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Jurgen Klopp has rubbished suggestions Tottenham are experiencing a Champions League final hangover ahead of Sunday’s showdown with Liverpool.

Klopp, who led Liverpool to a 2-0 win over Spurs in June’s final, will prepare his team for their first meeting with the north Londoners since Madrid on Sunday.

The two teams have experienced a drastic change of fortunes in the last four months, with the unbeaten Liverpool winning all but one of their nine Premier League games this season. While Spurs have collected three wins, draws and defeats.

It’s inevitably put head coach Mauricio Pochettino in the firing line, with the club already 13 points behind leaders Liverpool in a distant seventh in the league standings.

But Klopp disagreed with the notion that last season’s Champions League final defeat could’ve played a part in Spurs’ problems.

“I can say nothing about situation at Tottenham,” said the Liverpool boss, according to Daily Mirror.

“How can I compare it with ours? We never thought about it the Champions League final in Kiev. It happened, we wanted to have more of it after the Kiev experience.

“We knew before last season that we were one of the few teams, six, seven, eight or nine maybe, in the Champions League that could win it. We showed that the year before, and we thought we should try it.

“We didn’t suffer during the season because of the Champions League final and I don’t think Tottenham is like this. You just carry on.”

Although Spurs’ 5-0 Champions League win over Red Star Belgrade midweek suggests a possible change in fortunes.

Furthermore, Pochettino’s men will likely be extra motivated for the trip to Anfield to avenge June’s final defeat.

Klopp added: “We should not be surprised [at their start].

“From time to time, things don’t work out. That’s football.

“We saw in that midweek game, and even in the other games they had good moments. They didn’t forget how to play football. Harry Kane, Son, Alli, they didn’t forget.

“The [Christian] Eriksen situation, all that stuff, you cannot finally understand it from outside, but they are always able to put a proper performance in and that is what we have to expect.

“And, on top, we won the Champions League final. We were very respectful that night with all the celebrations, but we were still the ones on the other side of that night and, of course, that is another additional motivation.”

GENK, BELGIUM – OCTOBER 23: A Liverpool banner on display ahead of the UEFA Champions League group E match between KRC Genk and Liverpool FC at Luminus Arena on October 23, 2019 in Genk, Belgium. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)