Liverpool Beat Spurs 2-0 To Win The Champions League
Liverpool are champions of Europe for the sixth time after they beat Tottenham Hotspurs in the Champions League final in Madrid on Saturday night.
Jurgen Klopp won his first piece of silverware as Liverpool manager and put to bed the demons of last year's Champions League final with a 2-0 win against Spurs.
Going into the game Liverpool were the favourites to win the title for the first time since 2005 after finishing 26 points ahead of their opponents Spurs in the Premier League, with the north London club having never reached the final previously.
It took the Reds' less than a minute to win a penalty with Sadio Mane's cross hitting Moussa Sissoko's arm after just 22 seconds.
A HUGE decision just 22 seconds into the #UCLfinal :flushed:
This was the penalty awarded to Liverpool after Moussa Sissoko's handball... pic.twitter.com/FypjV9GMNA
- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) June 1, 2019
After the referee had checked with VAR, Mo Salah struck the penalty home to give Liverpool the lead with the second quickest goal in a Champions League final, only beaten by Paolo Maldini's opener against Liverpool in 2005.
To say that not much happened between then and Divock Origi's late goal would probably be an under exaggeration as the two English sides played out one of the least eventful finals in a long time.
It mattered little to Klopp, his players and the Liverpool fans when the full time whistle sounded though as they became European champions for the first time in 14 years.
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The German will be very happy with the lack of dramatics after they only cost his side last season. Liverpool had faced Real Madrid a year ago and all the major moments seemed to go against them.
Salah went off injured early before two mistakes from goalkeeper Loris Karius sandwiched an absolute worldie by Gareth Bale.
But one year on and nothing anywhere near of note happened, other than the controversial penalty award in the first minute.
After that both sides were generally left to long range shots that rarely troubled Alisson or Hugo Lloris much.
Roberto Firmino and Harry Kane, who'd both been injured in the last few weeks of the season, started for their sides but neither made any impact.
Mauricio Pochettino's side started to come to life a bit more late on when Lucas Moura, who'd been benched despite his semi final heroics, came on.
Late on Divock Origi, who'd also sat on the bench despite his heroics in Liverpool's semi final, came on for Firmino and his strike settled the tie after Spurs failed to clear their lines following a corner.
For the neutral it won't go down as a classic, for anyone around the Liverpool team they won't care one bit.