12 months after the heartbreak in Kiev last year, Liverpool were back in the UEFA Champions league.
The reds were hoping to right the wrongs of Kiev, to end a 7-year trophy drought and most importantly, end this remarkable season with some much deserved silverware. The opposition between them and that, Tottenham Hotspurs.
Both teams reached the final in some glorious fashion, staging amazing comebacks in their own right. Lucas Moura’s 95th minute goal at the Johan Cryuff Arena sent a dagger through Ajax hearts and spurred Tottenham into the final while Liverpool’s 4-0 defeat of Barcelona in the ‘miracle of Anfield’ was a game that will live long in the minds of the Kop.
Jurgen Klopp had a full set to pick from and went with his deadly trio up front while Mauricio Pocchettino, after sweating on the fitness of Harry Kane, took a gamble and started him anyway.
Liverpool got off to the most brilliant of start and won a penalty inside 23 seconds of the game. Moussa Sissoko was adjudged to have handled Sadio Mane’s clipped pass. Up stepped Mohammed Salah and the reds’ forward made no mistake from 12 yards.
It was a rather dull first half from then onwards as both sides remained cautious and stayed in their shell, knowing that the next goal could change the course of the game, totally. Spurs were limited to a few bright opportunities with the best moment of the half falling again to Liverpool when Hugo Lloris had to put a strong left hand to keep out Andrew Robertson’s goal bound effort.
The second half began with Spurs taking the initiative and chasing that all important equaliser. This was when Liverpool called on their ever reliable defence to see them through. Many times they tried, every time, Allison stood tall and denied them. In the end, the Brazilian shot stopper made 8 saves. The most in a UEFA champions league final.
Divock Origi sealed the win with an exquisite finish 5 minutes from time after Tottenham failed to proper deal with a corner. That was the icing on the cake. Liverpool had done it.
After the win, Jurgen Klopp, who has finally won his first trophy in England couldn’t hide his joy at finally getting his hands on the trophy after losing his last 2 finals in this competition.
“My family sit right over there. In all the finals I played, they suffered more than I did. It’s really for them, For my coaches. They did an incredible job. For our owners who support us with everything we have. It’s the best picture a club can have,” he said.
In the end, it was Liverpool’s night. There was no denying them that 6th Champions League title. The kop is roaring and these group of players deserve it more than ever.