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Peter Crouch is a columnist for Sportsmail

Peter Crouch is a columnist for Sportsmail

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Peter Crouch is a columnist for Sportsmail

I love Liverpool. The three years I spent on Merseyside from 2005 to 2008 were unforgettable and they helped me make some childhood dreams come true.

I scored some important goals and had a connection with the fans who remain strong today.

But I love Tottenham. How could I not? They put me on the road as a teenager in the professional game and signed me again when I was at my peak.

I scored the goal that put them back in the European Cup for the first time since the 1960s and had a strong bond with the fans.

You will therefore appreciate why I say that I am enthusiastic about the Champions League final, but I am not sure I will enjoy it.

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These two brilliant clubs deserve to stand on this biggest stage, but I don't like one of them losing.

Defeats in games of this size never leave you. As you get older, you learn to manage them, but personally I have never managed to lose Liverpool to AC Milan in the Champions League final. It is the biggest regret of my career, a real & # 39; what if & # 39; moment.

People have mocked This Means More's advertising campaign in Liverpool, but believe me, playing more in Europe for Liverpool means more.

The history touches you as soon as you arrive, then there is the color and sound around games. You & # 39; ll Never Walk Alone makes your spine tingle.

In other words: every Liverpool fan I know in terms of friends and family went to Madrid this weekend because they just have to be there in the hope that something special will happen. This could be their ninth European Cup final, but they will enjoy the opportunity as if it is their first. This is unknown territory for Spurs.

The Champions League final means more to Liverpool - they will enjoy the opportunity

The Champions League final means more to Liverpool - they will enjoy the opportunity

The Champions League final means more to Liverpool – they will enjoy the opportunity

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When I played in White Hart Lane, I never felt like we were going to be Europe's champions and there was never any pressure from fans to make progress. It was just a journey that everyone was determined to enjoy.

They have had more fun this season than they ever thought possible, but they are on merit in Madrid. Don't be fooled by the dramatic way in which they beat Ajax, it's no coincidence if you've seen Inter Milan, Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City along the way.

I have written a lot about Tottenham this season. On the opening day last August, I said they would finish the top four and that they would deliver. Together with Manchester City and Liverpool, I had the most fun watching Spurs.

If it was someone other than Liverpool in front of them in Madrid, I would really encourage you. Mauricio Pochettino has built something special and I don't think the opportunity will be too much for his team.

Mauricio Pochettino has built something special and Tottenham can handle the pressure

Mauricio Pochettino has built something special and Tottenham can handle the pressure

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Mauricio Pochettino has built something special and Tottenham can handle the pressure

Tottenham has a strong team at their disposal, but will they be able to handle Liverpool?

Tottenham has a strong team at their disposal, but will they be able to handle Liverpool?

Tottenham has a strong team at their disposal, but will they be able to handle Liverpool?

The feeling is different around the hotel before these games – some people go into a zone, others show signs of nerves – but the Tottenham players are greatly experienced. For example, Hugo Lloris won the World Cup 11 months ago. Why would he freeze?

But can they handle Liverpool? I just don't know for sure. It's very hard to call, but I think Liverpool will have a bit too much if it matters.

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I can see they win 3-1 or 3-2 and under normal circumstances it would make me overjoyed. However, on this occasion I know that my feelings will be mixed.

The entire backs are fighting …

There will be important battles over the field. Harry Winks or Victor Wanyama, Moussa Sissoko and Christian Eriksen against Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum will be one – I think Spurs may be stronger in midfield – but the battle on the flanks will be crucial.

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson did a great job this season and if they beat Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier, this will not be a problem for Tottenham, as was the case in the Premier League match on March 31. I & # 39; I am particularly a big fan of Alexander-Arnold.

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson were able to play important roles for Liverpool

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson were able to play important roles for Liverpool

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Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson were able to play important roles for Liverpool

The Harry Kane problem …

From the start or from the bank? Everyone wants to know how Mauricio Pochettino will use the skipper of England. He will be involved, but he will not be fit. So what do you do?

If it was up to me, I would start Kane. It would be tough for Lucas Moura, the hero of Amsterdam, or Son Heung-min, one of my players of the season, but Kane is relentless.

It can prove to be a game with few chances and Spurs will have to take theirs when they come.

Tottenham should start Harry Kane - he is ruthless and could be a game of few chances

Tottenham should start Harry Kane - he is ruthless and could be a game of few chances

Tottenham should start Harry Kane – he is ruthless and could be a game of few chances

I wish I was there…

I watch events broadcast on TV. I would have liked to live in the stadium … but I would do anything to play.

When you've been to a Champions League final, you want to go again and again. It is the time of your life. I am very jealous of these players and I would swap places in a flash.

I will watch the final on TV, but I would do anything to play in such a big game
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I will watch the final on TV, but I would do anything to play in such a big game

I will watch the final on TV, but I would do anything to play in such a big game

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