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Liverpool and Spurs face off for a priceless route past the velvet rope | Daniel Taylor

Two clubs on the verge of Europe’s elite enter a Madrid showdown whose ripple effects could be era-defining

On the streets outside Puerta de Atocha, with the throngs pouring off the trains from Madrid’s main railway station, it was possible to make out a couple of Liverpool fans who had been presumptuous enough to have “6 Times” emblazoned across the back of those familiar red shirts.

A little too presumptuous, you might think, on the eve of the final, even if it was true that Tottenham Hotspur’s opponents at the Wanda Metropolitano accumulated 26 more points, lost 12 fewer games and beat them home and away in last season’s Premier League.

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