Tottenham 0-2 Liverpool: The Reds Secure Their Sixth Champions League Title After 13 Years


Liverpool have secured their sixth Champions League title at Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid. Liverpool last winning of Champions League trophy was on (May 25, 2005 against AC Milan in Istanbul. Spurs were stunned when Liverpool were given a penalty after 21 seconds for a handball by Moussa Sissoko. The decision was a controversial one as Sadio Mane smashed the ball into Sissoko's arm from very close range before Mohamed Salah stepped up and slotted the ball narrowly past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris after a lengthy pause. Video highlight will be out soon and can watch it at know your way Youtube channel.


On the day his side left Merseyside to fly to Madrid, Jurgen Klopp recorded a message to a dying man on the other side of the world. The Liverpool manager talked about life and death and the beauty of belonging to the community of players and supporters that bonds a club together and gives it its identity.

'The only thing we would try to do the whole year,' Klopp said to Liverpool fan Dave Evans as he stared into the camera, 'is to give people some hope. Some joy. Some good moments to remember. We share these moments…We share these experiences. That makes us actually friends.'

Liverpool are a club fuelled by emotional energy like no other and fired by that hope and that joy of which Klopp had spoken, tens of thousands of their supporters had streamed out of the squares and the bars of the Spanish capital where they had congregated all day and made their way to the Wanda Metropolitano where it squats on the outskirts of the city.

There in the sultry heat of the evening, a second minute penalty from Mohamed Salah and a late strike from substitute Divock Origi delivered the joy the supporters craved and rid Klopp of the reputation of the man who always loses finals. 
Liverpool and Tottenham paid tribute to former Arsenal, Real Madrid and Sevilla player Jose Antonio Reyes who passed away
Tottenham Champions League photo team for 2019 match against Liverpool at Wanda Metropolitano Madrid
Liverpool team photo at 2019 Champions League Final against Tottenham Hotspur at Wanda Metropolitano Madrid
Harry Kane recovered from injury to start the final but at full time he had to collect a runners up medal after suffering defeat
It was heartbreak for Tottenham who were the better side on the night but they couldn't find a way past Liverpool's Alisson
A tearful Lucas Moura comforts England defender Danny Rose at full-time after Liverpool secured the Champions League
Sadio Mane's attempted cross was blocked by the outstretched arm of Moussa Sissoko, leading the referee to give a penalty
The Egyptian dealt with the pressure well and with his left foot he swept the ball past helpless Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris
The penalty was awarded to the Merseysiders by referee Damir Skomina of Slovenia just 21 seconds into the contest
Fans barely had time to take their seats at the Wanda Metropolitano before Salah struck for Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool
Mo Salah helped Liverpool get off to a fantastic start in Madrid by calmly slotting home a penalty after just two minutes
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is joined by Roberto Firmino and Trent Alexander-Arnold to celebrate the early strike
A left-footed strike from Origi sealed the result for Liverpool in the end as they secured their sixth Champions League title 
Hugo Lloris couldn't reach the ball with his outstretched left palm as Liverpool secured the win after a lethargic display
Origi points to the sky after coming off the bench to secure yet another famous Champions League win for the Anfield club
Goals from star man Mohamed Salah and cult figure Divock Origi helped see off the threat of Tottenham in Madrid 
An emotional Jordan Henderson embraces Jurgen Klopp who has won his first cup with Liverpool after three final defeats 
Tottenham were left heartbroken at full time as despite their late pressure they could not peg Klopp's side back in Madrid 

With it, they re-established their team as one of Europe's elite and banished the pain of their defeat in the titanic Premier League battle with Manchester City.

This was Liverpool's sixth triumph in the European Cup and Champions League, a record that lifts them above Bayern Munich and Barcelona and behind only AC Milan and Real Madrid in the history of the world's leading club competition. What a triumph this was. What a tribute to a team's ability to bounce back.

It was only 12 months after all, when they were leaving the pitch at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, desolate having lost to Real Madrid in the final, courtesy of the eccentricities of their goalkeeper, Loris Karius, and a stunning overhead kick from Gareth Bale. They have lived through this season determined to purge themselves of that disappointment and on Saturday they did it. 

So what have you won Jurgen Klopp? No longer can the accusation that the German is a nearly man be levelled at him. Never again. Saturday night fixed that. 

He has won the biggest prize of all now. His image will be paraded on the Kop among the images of Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Rafa Benitez. He is one of the great ones now. 

The slurs were always ridiculous anyway. Klopp won titles with Borussia Dortmund against Bayern Munich. Before, he was the underdog. 

On Saturday night, his team was the favourite and they made their class count. It wasn't the classic many had been expecting. The heat saw to that. It was not high-energy. It was subdued. But history will not care too much for that.

It was a desperately disappointing night for Spurs. Mauricio Pochettino's hopes of leading Spurs to being the 23rd club to win the competition were dashed and now there is bound to be doubt about his future. He gambled by playing both Harry Kane and Harry Winks in the starting line after long injury lay-offs and the gamble did not pay off. 

The Liverpool end of the stadium screamed and bounced in exultation when Salah's shot hit the back of the net but any temptation to think this match was over before it had begun was tempered by the memory of Spurs' comeback against Ajax.

The game settled for a little then, becalmed, as if it did not quite know what had hit it. Spurs regrouped, Liverpool seemed to be trying to work out whether to consolidate or press home their advantage. The cloying heat grabbed at the players and sucked the drive out of them.

Both sides gave possession away regularly. It was another 15 minutes before Liverpool threatened the Spurs goal again, Trent Alexander-Arnold whistling a shot across Lloris and just wide. It was three weeks since the end of the English league season and both teams struggled to find fluency.

Neither offered much going forward. On the Spurs bench, Pochettino began to grow agitated. When a trailing arm from Robertson inadvertently struck Kieran Trippier in the face, the Spurs boss leapt to his feet and remonstrated with the referee. Henderson told him, in what appeared to be forthright terms, to sit down.

After the interval, the Spurs fans sensed their team beginning to gain the ascendancy and roared them on as they attacked their end. Liverpool's defence was starting to get stretched now and Son almost wriggled free in the area only for his shot to be blocked. Klopp knew the momentum was shifting. He brought on Origi for Firmino and Milner for Gini Wijnaldum.

Liverpool began to respond to the changes. The clock ticked down, bringing the prize closer and closer, and they searched for the goal that would put the game out of reach. Mane jinked his way past Christian Eriksen and when the ball broke to Milner, he lashed it just wide of Lloris's left-hand post.

It was end-to-end stuff now, the game we thought we might have had from the start, the game we might have had in English temperatures. 
Son burst through the Liverpool defence next and cut the ball back to Dele Alli but his chip was easily caught by Alisson. Alisson was pressed into action again and again now, beating away a shot from Son and diving low to stop a shot from Lucas Moura.
Son reacted after his attempt was denied by Alisson
Ten minutes from the end, hearts leapt when Milner brought down Danny Rose on the very edge of the area. It was a free-kick not a penalty, but even though Eriksen struck it sweetly, even though it was curling towards the far corner, Alisson flew across his goal and pushed it wide.

After all that pressure, though, Spurs were undone in the final minutes. They failed to clear a corner and when the ball fell to Origi 10 yards out, he took a touch to steady himself and then drove it past Lloris low into the corner to crown Liverpool champion.
Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp lift the Champions League trophy at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium
Liverpool have secured their sixth Champions League title win a 2-0 win over Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano
Alisson was man of the match




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