Tottenham Hotspurs will be hoping follow Liverpool’s example by overcoming Ajax in the Champions League semi-final second leg.
Jurgen Klopp’s side stunned the world when they beat Barcelona 4-0 at Anfield on Tuesday, overturning the 3-0 result from the first leg to make the Madrid final.
Attention turns to Amsterdam as Tottenham have a similar dilemma, already trailing 1-0 to Ajax from their first-leg tie with the Dutch side scoring a crucial away goal.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have lost five of their last six games in all competitions, including a late defeat to Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday where Heung-Min Son and Juan Foyth were sent off.
Ajax certainly will not lack belief when they host Spurs, having already knocked three-time defending champions Real Madrid out in the round of 16 before overcoming Juventus in the quarter-finals.
The Eredivisie side are bidding to reach their first Champions League final for 23 years and will be favourites after Donny van de Beek’s goal in north London last week.
Only one team of the 17 who have lost a Champions League semi-final, first leg at home have overturned the tie — when Ajax overhauled Panathinaikos in the second leg in 1995/96.
Pochettino said the first-leg deficit should allow his side to play with more freedom in the Johan Cruyff Arena.
“The negative result in the first leg obviously makes it more difficult today, but the tie is still open,” the Argentine said. “We know we need to win and perform to our best. It’s an exciting moment for us.
“We need to feel more freedom to play today, because we have nothing to lose.”
Pochettino was in a playful mood and even suggested he would “go home” if Tottenham went on to win the Champions League.
Asked to clarify, he said: “To win the Champions League with Tottenham, in this circumstance, maybe I need to think to do something different in the future.”