LIVERPOOL have won a sixth Champions League title after beating Tottenham 2-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid.
The Reds went one up through a Mo Salah penalty, the Egyptian’s 15th Champions League goal, which leaves him just six off Steven Gerrard‘s club record of 21.
Despite Tottenham pressure second half, Liverpool held their slim lead, until the win was sealed with a late Divock Origi goal, the forward having also provided a last minute strike to complete Liverpool’s 4-0 rout of Barcelona in the semi final second leg.
A notable exception from Spurs’ starting line-up was another semifinal hero, Lucas Moura, whose hat trick against Ajax carried the north London club to their first ever Champions League final.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino instead chose to start his star striker, England captain Harry Kane, who had been battling an ankle injury for seven weeks in a bid to be fit for the final.
Despite having 65% possession, it was Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool who emerged victorious, in large part due to the defensive partnership of goalkeeper Alisson Becker and PFA player of the year, full back Virgil van Dijk.
The historic all-English final in the Spanish capital helped Klopp end his unwanted run of losing his last six successive finals, the last of which was in this competition to Real Madrid in Kiev 12 months ago.
In the second minute of the game Liverpool were gifted the chance of an early lead when Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko swung his arm out in an unnatural position in the box, giving away a penalty for handball.
The spot kick was then dispatched by Liverpool’s talisman striker Mo Salah, who, with his first kick of the match, blasted the ball high into the goal over Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson was not called into action really until the second half, when Tottenham began to apply more pressure to the Merseyside club.
Dele Alli went close to a Spurs equaliser a couple of times midway through the second half, but Alisson was up to the task.
The Brazilian keeper was tested most strongly by Tottenham set piece specialist Christian Eriksen, who saw his bending free kick from just outside the box superbly palmed away by a stretching Alisson at his lefthand post.
In the dying moments of the match substitute Moura was also unable to apply the finish when a corner into the Liverpool box saw him nod the ball over the bar from close range.
Tottenham’s lack of finishing was capitalised on by Origi, who slotted home with a low drive from the edge of the penalty area in the 87th minute past a sprawling Lloris Lloris at his left post.
The late goal sealed the win for Liverpool, it proving too late for Tottenham to launch a comeback, and Reds captain Jordan Henderson lifted the famous cup aloft to the 67,000 fans gathered in the stadium.