Liverpool lift their sixth Champions League title

2.6.2019.  

Liverpool won the Champions League 2018/19 after beating Tottenham 2:0 in an all-English final Champions League final played in Madrid.


It's the sixth trophy in the most prestigious Europan competition for the Reds and the first trophy for Jurgen Klopp as manager of Liverpool. Tottenham failed to sign in to the list as the 23rd club in the CL winners history.


We saw the fastest penalty ever whistled in CL finals. Slovenian referee Damir Skomina consulted VAR after he pointed to the penalty spot, 24 seconds into the game, and got his confirmation. The ball made contact with Mohamed Sissoko’s upper arm after Sadio Mane attempted a cross. There was a lot of people who believed that the penalty was harsh, but Sissoko did have his arm spread out at the moment. Mo Salah converted the kick powerfully and got Liverpool the early lead.


The early penalty heavily influenced the game 

The pressure for Liverpool disappeared after the opening goal and they could behave naturally on the field. Thus, they weren’t on their best level, but with their usual high pressing - for which's the Jurgen Klopp's team have been recognised in recent years - Tottenham couldn't relax and made multiple mistakes in transition and build up.


In a final that almost never touched the heights of the blockbuster semi-finals that produced us those two teams in an all-English final, Spurs had their chances in the second half mainly but were denied by the fantastic goalkeeper Alisson. Song Heung-min, Lucas Moura, and Christian Eriksen were all trying to find the net, but without success.


Many are talking now about how Klopp missed such a top quality goalkeeper between the posts, to lift the coveted trophy before, as the last year final was marked by the mistakes of Lorius Karius. The ex-Mainz goalkeeper was replaced by the Brazilian in the summer and it paid off.


Pochettino took the gamble of selecting Harry Kane in first 11, despite the fact that England captain is not fully recovered from an ankle injury, leaving hat-trick hero Lucas on the bench and subbing him on only in the 66th minute.


In the 86th minute, after several long-range attempts of Tottenham players, parried by Allison, Liverpool ruthlessly punished Spurs thorough the substitute Divock Origi who scored again, after netting in the semifinal match over Barcelona at Anfield. Spurs defence failed to clear the ball after a set piece, and Joel Matip played a ball to a forgotten Origi on the left side of the box, and the striker smashed the low ball into the opposing post


It was the full-time result in Madrid. A jubilant Klopp spoke after the game. “I’m so happy for the boys, I’m so happy for all of these people, I’m so happy for my family...Did you ever see a team like this? Fighting with no fuel in the tank any more. And we had a goalkeeper who makes difficult things look easy. Tonight this is going to be great. This may be the best night of my life, professional-wise.”

For Liverpool, it was their second consecutive CL final, after losing to Real Madrid 1:3 in Kyiv last season. Now, after they won the coveted trophy for the sixth time, they stand behind Real Madrid (13) and AC Milan (7) on the CL winners list. The final whistle sparked huge celebrations among players, club stuff and the red wave of supporters at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid. Singing You’ll Never Walk Alone all together.


 



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