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Sunday 25 August 2019

Alisson: Biggest game for me

Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker
Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker

Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker says the Champions League final is the biggest match of his career.

The Brazilian reached the semi-finals last season with Roma, who were knocked out, coincidentally, by Jurgen Klopp's side.

The £65million signing was a pivotal figure in a gripping Premier League title race - won by a point by Manchester City - but he and his team-mates have a second shot at glory in Madrid against Spurs next Saturday. "I can't wait. I'm looking forward to playing this big game,'' he said. ''It's, maybe, the biggest game in my life."

The squad are coming to the end of a week-long training camp in Marbella as Klopp has put his players through a mini pre-season programme in order to retain their sharpness with a three-week spell between competitive matches.

He did a similar thing last year ahead of their final defeat to Real Madrid.

Real Madrid have disagreed with Mauricio Pochettino's claim that Spurs were denied permission to stay at their training ground before the final at Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

A statement from the La Liga club said: "Real Madrid is surprised by the demonstrations made by the coach of Tottenham Hotspur, Mauricio Pochettino, about a supposed request made to our club.

"Real Madrid wants to make it clear that it is outright false that this request was made."

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