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Son relishing a return to ‘fire mode’ against Liverpool

London: Tottenham Hotspur’s Korea Republic superstar Son Heung-min is hoping the long layoff will see him return to his goal-scoring best against Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League final at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on June 1.

Son, the darling of Korea Republic football, has netted 18 times in all competitions which saw him sweep the board with Tottenham’s end-of-season awards following Sunday's 2-2 draw with Everton in the English Premier League.

But the 26-year-old, who did not feature against Everton due to suspension, has suffered a recent dip in form after failing to find the back of the net in his last five games for Spurs.

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“I think everyone needs this time to rest. We’re trying to get as fit as possible, to make sure we give everything in this game,” Son told British media.

“I am a really, really positive guy and it is one of the best feelings to be playing in the Champions League Final, so I just want to make sure that I am ready for every single ball and every single second.”

Son is confident that a three-week break will see him return to ‘fire mode’ against a Liverpool side who fell short of winning their first domestic title in 29 years.

“It is in three weeks, so everything is in our hands. I hope that I am in fire mode. I don’t want to talk about winning or losing. There’s a long time to prepare for this important game.

“Winning the Champions League means a lot, but losing would be painful for a long, long time. We just want to be ready and then we will see what happens. Liverpool are a strong team, so how we play will be important.”

Tottenham return to training on Wednesday as they began their preparation for their first European Cup final.

Son is then expected to join his Korea Republic teammates for international friendlies against Australia and Islamic Republic of Iran ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar Qualifiers.

Sources: Tottenham Hotspur, AFP

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