Liverpool went on better against Tottenham Hotspurs on Saturday, banishing the ghosts of last season’s disappointing Champions League final loss.
Recording a 2-0 win, the Reds claimed the trophy for the sixth time with victory over Tottenham in Atletico Madrid’s sparkling new stadium.
The first goal was scored by Egypt striker, Mohamed Salah early in the game after Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko was adjudged to have handed the ball after just two minutes.
It was to be the only goal in a final that must have left many fans wanting more on account of the fore works that dominated both semi-final pairings of this season’s competition.
Spurs, led by the largely anonymous star striker, Harry Kane, created some chances in the second half but were denied by Liverpool keeper, Alisson Becker, who saved well from Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Christian Eriksen in quick succession.
The match was put beyond doubt by substitute Divock Origi during the 87th minute, ensuring Jurgen Klopp finally won his first trophy as a Liverpool manager.
Spurs counterpart Mauricio Pochettino took the gamble of selecting England captain and main striker Harry Kane despite his not having played since April because of an ankle injury, replacing semi-final hat-trick hero Lucas Moura, but he had no impact.
With the final whistle sparking huge celebrations among players, and the red wave of supporters in Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, Liverpool lifted the trophy for the sixth time and now stand behind only Real Madrid and AC Milan as serial winners of this tournament.
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