Tottenham squad boasts 15 more trophy wins than their Liverpool counterparts… but Alberto Moreno is the only player at either club to have played in and won a European final
- Liverpool and Spurs meet in the Champions League final in Madrid on June 1
- Tottenham’s players have won 52 trophies between them… but none for Spurs
- Liverpool’s squad have 37 trophy wins — 10 of which belong to Xherdan Shaqiri
- He and Daniel Sturridge won the Champions League but didn’t play in the final
- Alberto Moreno played in and won the 2014 Europa League final with Sevilla
A lot is made of the fact that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino have yet to win a trophy with their current clubs.
Spurs have not lifted a piece of major silverware since beating Chelsea in the 2008 League Cup final, while Liverpool’s last trophy win came in the same competition in 2012.
But one of those barren runs will end in style on Saturday night when the two clubs meet in an all-English Champions League final in Madrid.
Jurgen Klopp (left) or Mauricio Pochettino will lift the Champions League trophy on Saturday
Klopp walked past the trophy after Liverpool lost last season’s final against Real Madrid
Saturday’s all-English final will take place at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium
It will be Klopp’s fourth cup final with Liverpool and a second in the Champions League, after seeing his side lose 3-1 to Real Madrid in last year’s Kiev showpiece.
Klopp also lost a Champions League final as manager of Dortmund — to Bayern Munich in 2013 — but he did guide the Westfalenstadion outfit to two Bundesliga titles and one German Cup before moving to Anfield.
Pochettino has never won a trophy as a manager. The closest he came was in 2015 when Spurs were beaten by Chelsea in the League Cup final.
But Spurs do have 11 players who know what it feels like to win major silverware. Tottenham’s current squad includes 23 players who have featured in their Champions League campaign to date and, between them, they have won 52 career trophies.
Liverpool have used 18 different players in Europe this season and that group has won 37 major titles.
Lucas Moura, who scored a stunning hat-trick in his side’s semi-final win over Ajax, is the most decorated player in Tottenham’s squad with 12 titles — 11 of which came during his time at Paris Saint-Germain.
Lucas Moura scored a stunning hat-trick to help Tottenham beat Ajax in the semi-finals
Brazilian Moura won 11 trophies during his time with former club Paris Saint-Germain
Liverpool’s most prolific winner is Swiss playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri. He has 10 winners’ medals, including one courtesy of Bayern’s 2013 Champions League victory.
Daniel Sturridge has also won the Champions League — with Chelsea in 2012 — but neither he nor Shaqiri played in the final.
When it comes to European final experience, Liverpool have the edge.
Not only did 11 members of their current squad feature in last year’s Champions League final, seven of them started in the 2016 Europa League final defeat by Sevilla.
LIVERPOOL XI IN 2016 EUROPA LEAGUE FINAL
Sevilla 3-1 Liverpool
Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Toure (Benteke 82), Moreno, Milner, Can, Lallana (Allen 73), Firmino (Origi 69), Coutinho, Sturridge
Subs not used: Henderson, Skrtel, Ward
2018 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL
Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool
Liverpool (4-3-3): Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner (Can 82) Salah, (Lallana 31), Firmino, Mane
Subs not used: Mignolet, Clyne, Klavan, Moreno, Solanke
Ten of Liverpool’s starters from last season’s Champions League final are still at the club
Seven players who started for Liverpool in the 2016 Europa League final could play in Madrid
Spurs have just three players who have played in a European club final. Toby Alderweireld came off the bench for Atletico Madrid in the 2016 Champions League final, which Real won on penalties.
Davinson Sanchez played the full 90 minutes for Ajax in 2017 when they were beaten 2-0 by Manchester United in the Europa League finale.
Fernando Llorente has final experience in both the Champions League and UEFA Cup, losing both times he stepped on the pitch. He was introduced as an 85th-minute substitute for Juventus in their 2015 Champions League loss to Barcelona in Berlin. And he played the full match for Athletic Bilbao when they lost 3-0 to Atletico in 2012’s sidekick final.
Llorente does have a Europa League winner’s medal though, having been an unused substitute for Sevilla against Liverpool in 2016.
The only player currently at either Spurs or Liverpool who can boast about playing in and winning a European final is Reds left back Alberto Moreno. He was on the pitch for all of Sevilla’s 2014 Europa League triumph — which saw Benfica defeated in a penalty shootout after a goalless 120 minutes.
Defender Alberto Moreno (left) played in and won the 2014 Europa League final with Sevilla
|Davies||1||League Cup (Swansea 2013)|
|Eriksen||4||Eredivisie x3 (Ajax 2011, 2012 and 2013), Dutch Cup (Ajax 2010)|
|Sanchez||6||Colombian league title x3 (Atletico Nacional 2013, 2014 and 2015), Copa Colombia x2 (Atletico Nacional 2012 and 2013), Copa Libertadores (Atletico Nacional 2016)|
|Llorente||5||Serie A x3 (Juventus 2014, 2015 and 2016), Coppa Italia (Juventus 2015), Europa League (Sevilla 2016)|
|Lloris||2||Coupe de France (Lyon 2012), World Cup (France 2018)|
|Vertonghen||4||Eredivisie x2 (Ajax 2011 and 2012), Dutch Cup x2 (Ajax 2007 and 2010)|
|Moura||12||Copa Sudamericana (Sao Paulo 2012), Ligue 1 x4 (PSG 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016), Coupe de France x3 (PSG 2015, 2016 and 2017), Coupe de la Ligue x4 (PSG 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017)|
|Vorm||1||League Cup (Swansea 2013)|
|Aurier||9||Ligue 1 x2 (PSG 2015 and 2016), Coupe de France x3 (PSG 2015, 2016 and 2017), Coupe de la Ligue x3 (PSG 2015, 2016 and 2017), Africa Cup of Nations (Ivory Coast 2015)|
|Alderweield||5||Eredivisie x3 (Ajax 2011, 2012 and 2013), Dutch Cup (Ajax 2010), La Liga (Atletico Madrid 2014)|
|Wanyama||3||Scottish Premier League x2 (Celtic 2012 and 2013), Scottish Cup (Celtic 2013)|
|Moreno||1||Europa League (Sevilla 2014)|
|Sturridge||4||Premier League (Chelsea 2010), FA Cup x2 (Chelsea 2010 and 2012), Champions League (Chelsea 2012)|
|Lovren||3||Croatian league title (Dinamo Zagreb 2009), Croatian Cup (Dinamo Zagreb 2009), Coupe de France (Lyon 2012)|
|Fabinho||1||Ligue 1 (Monaco 2017)|
|Wijnaldum||3||Dutch Cup x2 (Feyenoord 2008 and PSV 2012), Eredivisie (PSV 2015)|
|Milner||4||Premier League x2 (Man City 2012 and 2014), FA Cup (Man City 2011), League Cup (Man City 2014)|
|Salah||2||Swiss Super Cup x2 (Basle 2013 and 2014)|
|Keita||4||Austrian Bundesliga x2 (RB Salzburg 2015 and 2016), Austrian Cup x2 (RB Salzburg 2015 and 2016)|
|Mane||2||Austrian Bundesliga (RB Salzburg 2014), Austrian Cup (RB Salzburg 2014)|
|Van Dijk||3||Scottish Premiership x2 (Celtic 2014 and 2015), Scottish League Cup (Celtic 2015)|
|Shaqiri||10||Swiss Super League x3 (Basle 2010, 2011 and 2012), Swiss Cup x2 (Basle 2010 and 2012), Bundesliga x2 (Bayern Munich 2013 and 2014), German Cup x2 (Bayern Munich 2013 and 2014), Champions League (Bayern Munich 2013)|