Jurgen Klopp’s men qualified for the Champions League final in the most dramatic manner. In almost identical manner, Tottenham qualified for the final as well, overcoming far younger (and lesser, if we may dare say so about Ajax) opposition in the process.
The final will be played at the Wanda Metropolitano of Atletico Madrid on June 1. The last competitive fixture before that for Liverpool was the ultimate Premier League game. There is now a hiatus of professional football until the biggest spectacle in club football.
Liverpool planned to stay sharp and in shape by arranging a ‘pre-final’ friendly against a competitive team. They had allegedly arranged a match against AZ Alkmaar. The match was to be played somewhere in Spain so that the Reds could get acclimatized before the big show.
The Dutch side have reportedly pulled out of the friendly game as reported by local media.
But because many AZ players still have obligations with national teams, AZ did not see a serious game in that period. After all, the club could not set up the strongest team.
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Alkmaar don’t see themselves able to fulfill the request from Liverpool because of two reasons: a) Most of their players will be holidaying after their season ended on Wednesday. b) The remaining players will be on international duty for their country.
Hence, Liverpool are now left hoping to find another side that is willing to play a friendly in Spain at a suitable time before the Champions League final in Madrid on the 1st of June.