Liverpool erased the disappointment of last season’s Champions League final loss by claiming the trophy for the sixth time with a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid.
Last year’s final changed completely after Mo Salah went off injured early on, however, that was not the case this year. The Egyptian put the Reds ahead converting a penalty just two minutes in after Moussa Sissoko was contentiously punished for handball.
The match rarely touched the heights of the amazing semi-finals that made this an all-Premier League affair, with Spurs being denied chance after chance by Liverpool keeper Alisson, who saved well from Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Christian Eriksen.
The London club’s failure to capitalize saw them ruthlessly punished when substitute Divock Origi ensured Jurgen Klopp won his first trophy as manager of Liverpool by driving low and powerfully past Hugo Lloris with just three minutes left.
Klopp‘s counterpart Mauricio Pochettino took the gamble of selecting England captain and main striker Harry Kane despite him not playing since April due to an ankle injury. He replaced semi-final hat trick hero Lucas Moura, but had no impact.
The Merseysiders lifted the trophy that was taken from their grasp in Ukraine last year and now trail only Real Madrid and AC Milan in number of UEFA Champions League trophies.
The final whistle sparked huge celebration amongst players, management and the wave of Reds supporters who made the trip to the Wanda Metropolitan Stadium, home of La Liga’s Atletico Madrid.