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Under control: Andy Robertson gears up for the Champions League final
Under control: Andy Robertson gears up for the Champions League final

By Carl Markham

Liverpool full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson have played a huge part in the team's attacking threat this season but they would swap all of their assists to win the Champions League.

England defender Alexander-Arnold has laid on passes for 15 goals in all competitions, while Scotland captain Robertson has contributed to 13.

Both broke Premier League assist records for defenders this season but Alexander-Arnold admits individual success means nothing in the grand scheme of things.

"Me and Robbo have a really good relationship on and off the pitch," he said ahead of the final with Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.

"It is not so much us talking about that, we know each other's qualities and where we can improve.

"It is about in training pushing each other, and the lads pushing us, every single day to test us and take us to our limits.

"We recognise each of the other's qualities and we try to play to those qualities. It is a good duo to be a part of.

"This season we have done so well with all the assists but we'd trade them all in for a little bit of silverware.

"Hopefully we will be able to perform well and hopefully win the trophy and then it will all be worth it this season.

"Everything is for us as a team to bring the trophy back to the fans back home."

Both players featured in last season's 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in Kiev.

It is an experience both, like the rest of their team-mates, are keen to avoid, but Robertson insists that game 12 months ago has no bearing on what happens tonight.

"The last final is irrelevant as we can't go back and change it," said Robertson.

"If you focused on games you got beat in we would struggle all the time. Last year was a horrible feeling after the game.

"As a new squad, this is our first time in the final as we made a few signings in the summer and some people left."

Alexander-Arnold believes the loss to Real Madrid provides the ideal incentive to ensure Liverpool avoid a repeat of the agony experienced 12 months ago.

"It would be daft to forget what happened last season," he added.

"We learned a few things from Real Madrid in Kiev and how they beat us. We've matured as a team, shown how we can win games, hold onto leads and keep clean sheets.

"We've proven we're a good side and we'll use our past experiences as motivation. I don't want to feel how I did in Kiev tomorrow night."

Meanwhile, Uefa have warned the thousands of ticketless Liverpool and Tottenham fans about the "high number of fake tickets" being sold on the black market ahead of the Champions League final.

Madrid has been taken over by supporters ahead of tonight's all-English showpiece at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Many of those who travelled to the Spanish capital have made the trip without tickets for the match and Uefa have felt the need to warn them of the number of fakes on sale.

A statement from European football's governing body read: "Uefa have warned fans of the high number of fake tickets being sold on the black market in advance of the 2019 Uefa Champions League final in Madrid.

"In a warning to fans of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur that have travelled to the Spanish capital without tickets, Uefa have reminded supporters that no tickets for individual fans are being distributed via agencies or brokers and encouraged fans not to be duped by touts who demand exorbitant prices despite often not being in possession of the tickets they claim to have for sale.

"It is believed that there is a high number of fake tickets in circulation and arrests have already been made in a clampdown on bogus tickets. Holders of forged tickets will not be allowed into the stadium."

Uefa's terms and conditions prevent the unauthorised resale and transfer of tickets, with the governing body monitoring online sales.

Liverpool recently warned fans selling tickets through unauthorised secondary sites that they could be hit with an indefinite ban from Anfield.

Tottenham last week handed out indefinite bans to three supporters who tried to sell their Champions League final tickets on a secondary ticketing platform.

Each finalist received just 17,000 tickets for the Madrid showpiece in the 63,000-capacity Wanda Metropolitano, home of Atletico.

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