Shearer blasts Pochettino's decision to start Harry Kane in the Champions League final.

Pochettino's decision to start Kane in Tottenham's Champions League final loss to Liverpool was wrong.

Kane struggled to make an impact on the game. [Getty Images]

Alan Shearer believes Mauricio Pochettino made the wrong call to start Harry Kane in Tottenham's Champions League final defeat against Liverpool.


Jurgen Klopp's Reds sealed a 2-0 win over their Premier League rivals at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid to lift the European trophy for the sixth time.


Kane had not played a competitive match since the start of April due to an ankle injury, but he played all 90 minutes on Saturday and struggled to have much impact in the game.


All in all, the Premier League's all-time leading goalscorer criticised Pochettino because Kane's lack of match fitness was obvious.


"I’m sure Pochettino agonised over whether to start Harry Kane but he got that one wrong," Shearer wrote in a column for The Sun.



"Kane didn’t look fit at all and didn’t turn up in Madrid — he was nowhere near as sharp as he could and should have been.


"I imagine Harry was in Pochettino’s ear all week and he has had a week to judge it based on seeing him in training. I’ve been in the same situation myself.


"He may never feature in a European Cup final again so he would have been desperate to play.

"But you have to judge him on his performance and he simply wasn’t 100 per cent fit."


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