From Michigan to Madrid and a 6th European Cup – Liverpool’s 2018/19 in photos

We take look back over the biggest moments from Liverpool’s incredible 2018/19 campaign in photographs, from pre-season to lifting the European Cup in Madrid.


It ended in the very best way, with a trophy that defines the most successful club in England.

Amassing a record points total in the Premier League ultimately left nothing but a second-placed finish—however, in Europe, the Reds prevailed once again.

As the 2018/19 season approached, the disappointment of Kyiv was slowly drifting out of the spotlight.

Liverpool had strengthened, most notably in goal as the arrival of Alisson was to shape the Reds’ path over the forthcoming campaign.

Two other new faces were noticeable: Naby Keita finally arrived from RB Leipzig, while under-the-radar signing Fabinho was unveiled two days after the loss to Real Madrid.

It was Xherdan Shaqiri, though, who provided the eye-opening moment of the summer.

His wonderful—and quite frankly, ridiculous—acrobatic strike against Man United in Michigan drew all the plaudits it deserved.

ANN ARBOR, USA - Saturday, July 28, 2018: Liverpool's new signing Xherdan Shaqiri scores the fourth goal with a bicycle kick during the preseason International Champions Cup match between Manchester United and Liverpool FC at the Michigan Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool left America and moved on to Dublin.

Backed by thousands of Irish supporters, the Aviva Stadium welcomed Alisson and it marked the arrival of a trademark gesture by the goalkeeper, his hands-to-the-sky routine.

DUBLIN, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND - Saturday, August 4, 2018: Liverpool's new signing goalkeeper Alisson Becker celebrates the first goal during the preseason friendly match between SSC Napoli and Liverpool FC at Landsdowne Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

When it was eventually time for the Premier League to start, the Reds did so in the most emphatic way.

Anfield enjoyed a 4-0 thrashing of West Ham, which saw Liverpool register their 500th win in the competition.

Mohamed Salah picked up where he left off, and Sadio Mane‘s brace was the shape of things to come as the Senegalese forward started his quest for the Golden Boot.

It was the start of a special season for our No. 10.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 12, 2018: Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Brighton arrived at Anfield in late August and it provided the glimpse that everyone had waited to see—just how good was Alisson?

The Brazilian provided the answer quickly, producing a world-class save to allow Liverpool to edge past the Seagulls by a slender margin.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 25, 2018: Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker makes a safe2 during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

By the time the Champions League returned to Anfield, Liverpool had made it five wins from five Premier League games.

An away trip to Wembley proved victorious against Tottenham, who would eventually go on to stand between the Reds and a sixth European Cup.

The then five-time winners had been drawn in a highly competitive group, and the circus that is Paris Saint-Germain rolled into town.

Neymar had spoken pre-match about how he didn’t rate Liverpool’s chances of finishing in the Premier League‘s top four.

He was made to eat his words as the French side left Anfield with their tail between their legs.

Roberto Firmino grabbed a late winner, but not before Daniel Sturridge had headed Liverpool into the lead on his first start in the competition for the Reds.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, September 18, 2018: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge scores the first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jurgen Klopp‘s men were unstoppable on English soil as the Reds kept on winning—but in the Champions League, they had tasted defeat once again on the road.

A dismal showing in Naples left a much needed-big response against Red Star.

Liverpool duly obliged as Fabinho announced himself to the Kop. A stellar performance would go on to be a constant, while Firmino scored his first goal in over a month.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 24, 2018: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino scores the first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and FK Crvena zvezda (Red Star Belgrade) at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Remembrance Day was the backdrop to a fixture that saw Liverpool return to the top of the Premier League with a second-gear victory over Fulham.

It wasn’t the best performance of the season but it saw Shaqiri score, then slide with his tongue out in celebration. It was to become a regular sight over the next month or so.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, November 11, 2018: Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Fulham FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, November 11, 2018: Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Fulham FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool were going from strength to strength, continuing their best start to a Premier League campaign with victory against Watford.

On an evening where the travelling Kop protested about obscene payments to league chief Richard Scudamore, local hero Trent Alexander-Arnold shone as bright as the Vicarage Road floodlights—netting with a sublime free-kick.

WATFORD, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 24, 2018: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold scores the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Watford FC and Liverpool FC at Vicarage Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

WATFORD, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 24, 2018: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Watford FC and Liverpool FC at Vicarage Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

As Christmas approached, Liverpool fans were given the sweetest of presents once again by their heroes in Red: a close game against city rivals Everton was eventually settled by two massive moments.

Joe Gomez put his body on the line—literally—as his superb clearance allowed Divock Origi to go on and grab the latest of late wins.

The Kop went mad, as did the players and the boss. Klopp’s touchline dash would end with the German in hot water with the FA.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 2, 2018: Liverpool's Joe Gomez clears the ball off the line from Everton's captain Gylfi Sigurdsson and Andre Gomes during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC at Anfield, the 232nd Merseyside Derby. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 2, 2018: Liverpool's substitute Divock Origi scores the winning goal deep into injury time after a terrible error by Everton's goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC at Anfield, the 232nd Merseyside Derby. Liverpool won 1-0. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Liverpool's Divock Origi (second right) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with team mates during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. (Peter Byrne/PA Wire/PA Images)

Trent and Andy Robertson duelled all season long as their challenge to be the No. 1 assisting full-back started to make a real impact.

The Scot was on hand to assist Salah during the trip to Bournemouth.

The defender looked delighted, even if he was soaked to the skin from a seaside downpour.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 8, 2018: Liverpool's Andy Robertson celebrates after forcing an own-goal from AFC Bournemouth's captain Simon Francis during the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

As 2018 drew to a close Liverpool faced several challenging games.

First up was the visit of Napoli in a must-win European game, should the beaten finalists harbour any desire to right the wrongs of Kyiv.

The fixture couldn’t have been more nervous; the Reds simply had to win.

With the narrowest of margins over their Italian visitors, Liverpool could see the final whistle—but not before Alisson had to be called into action.

With almost the last touch of the game, the Brazilian spread himself wide to deny a certain goal and Champions League elimination.

His transfer fee looked to be money well spent as he allowed Klopp’s side to make the knockout stages once again.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, December 11, 2018: Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker makes an injury time save from Napoli's Arkadiusz Milik during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, December 11, 2018: Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker celebrates after beating SSC Napoli 1-0 and progressing to the knock-out phase during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Victories over United, Wolves, Newcastle and Arsenal made December a month to remember as the year ended.

The Reds hit the net 14 times as they demolished their festive opponents.

Embarrassing their Manchester neighbours led to the exit of Jose Mourinho, while no presents were gifted to old boss Rafa Benitez or old Sevilla adversary Unai Emery.

The new Arsenal boss was on the end of a rout which showed just how much Klopp’s Liverpool had developed as a side since the two managers last met in the Europa League final of 2016.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 16, 2018: Liverpool's 23' celebrates scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Friday, December 21, 2018: Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Liverpool FC at Molineux Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Boxing Day, Wednesday, December 26, 2018: Liverpool's Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' celebrates scoring the fourth goal with team-mate Virgil van Dijk (L) during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Newcastle United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 29, 2018: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino scores the equalising goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 29, 2018: Liverpool's manager J¸rgen Klopp celebrates after the 5-1 victory during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The New Year didn’t get off to the best start, as defeats to Man City in the Premier League and Wolves in the FA Cup left fans with a hangover they didn’t see coming.

However, defeat at the Etihad was to be the only red mark in Liverpool’s league campaign as they kickstarted 2019 into delayed action against Brighton.

The Reds then just about overcame Crystal Palace in a dramatic fixture on what would have been Bob Paisley’s 100th birthday.

Klopp was ecstatic as the Reds held on to win 4-3.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 19, 2019: Supporters on the Spion Kop form a mosaic ìPaisley 100î to celebrate 100 years since the birth of the clubís most successful manager Bob Paisley before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 19, 2019: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates after the 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 19, 2019: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates after the 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool stumbled through their next block of games.

Disappointing draws against Leicester and West Ham were followed by victory against Bournemouth, before another two draws in four games allowed City to regain the foothold in the title fight.

Watford felt the brunt of Liverpool’s attacking fire as the Hornets were stung by five goals, one of which was a piece of brilliance from Mane.

His backheeled chip took the score to 2-0 on a night when everything the Reds did ended up hitting the back of the net.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, February 27, 2019: Liverpool's Sadio Mane scores the second goal with an audacious back-heel to beat Watford's goalkeeper Ben Foster during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Watford FC at Anfield. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Divock Origi was a surprise starter and the Belgian scored another important goal.

As winter approached spring he would go on to become an unlikely source of massive goals.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, February 27, 2019: Liverpool's Divock Origi celebrates scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Watford FC at Anfield. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

A 0-0 draw against Bayern Munich in the Champions League round-of-16 first leg at Anfield had set up a wonderful winner-takes-all match at the Allianz Area, as March witnessed a relentless pursuit towards Madrid in June.

Klopp’s men stunned the Munich crowd as Liverpool ran out 3-1 winners on the boss’ home soil.

It was the Reds’ first real test in Europe and they had passed it with flying colours.

Mane embarrassed Manuel Neuer before Virgil van Dijk made the Bayern defence look amateur. Mane then capped a tremendous evening by grabbing his second of the night.

Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game, Bayern Munich (Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport)

MUNICH, GERMANY - Wednesday, March 13, 2019: Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring the second goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg match between FC Bayern München and Liverpool FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

MUNICH, GERMANY - Wednesday, March 13, 2019: Liverpool's Sadio Mane scores the third goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg match between FC Bayern M¸nchen and Liverpool FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Victory in Munich provided a springboard, as the Reds took an astonishing 24 points from 24 available in search of their first league title for 29 years.

A last-gasp winner against Spurs was quickly followed by a superb comeback on the south coast against a revitalised Southampton.

Liverpool were purring in both the Premier League and the Champions League. The question became which one could they win?

Alderweireld reacts after scoring an own goal, Liverpool's second goal of the game during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. (Martin Rickett/PA Wire/PA Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, March 31, 2019: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates after his header forced a winning goal, an own goal from Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld with team-mate Roberto Firmino during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Friday, April 5, 2019: Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson celebrates scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at the St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

As the end of the season rapidly approached Liverpool clung to City like a bad smell, while vying for the title was interspersed with ‘relaxing’ European trips to Porto.

Liverpool were simply phenomenal, breaking club records left, right and centre as they charged towards a final-day showdown.

Salah smashed a rocket past Chelsea in between two wonderful performances against the Portuguese champions which included Keita’s first Champions League goal for over a year.

Dreams of Madrid were becoming to become a reality, as were the frequency of Van Dijk’s headed goals from corners.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, April 14, 2019: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, April 9, 2019: Liverpool's Naby Keita celebrates scoring the first goal with team-mate Roberto Firmino during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and FC Porto at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

PORTO, PORTUGAL - Wednesday, April 17, 2019: Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring the fourth goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg match between FC Porto and Liverpool FC at Estádio do Dragão. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool travelled to Barcelona in a period of games that would define their season.

The Reds were humbled by the Spanish side, beaten 3-0 on a night when the scoreline could easily have been 3-3.

It took the wind out of their sails, for a few days at least.

Divock Origi came up with another massive goal as the Reds just about passed a late test at St James’ Park—but it would be the Champions League semi-final second leg that would see the attacker lay claim for a statue in his honour.

In a night that will now live forever, Liverpool outplayed, outmuscled and outscored Barcelona by four goals to nil.

Origi hit the first and fourth as he went from Merseyside derby hero to European legend, while Gini Wijnaldum grabbed two goals in as many minutes to send Liverpool to a second Champions League final in 12 months.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, May 7, 2019: Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring the third goal during the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg match between Liverpool FC and FC Barcelona at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, May 7, 2019: Liverpool's Divock Origi celebrates scoring the fourth goal with team-mates during the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg match between Liverpool FC and FC Barcelona at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, May 7, 2019: Liverpool scoreboard records 4-0 victory over FC Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg match between Liverpool FC and FC Barcelona at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, May 7, 2019: Liverpool players and staff celebrate after the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg match between Liverpool FC and FC Barcelona at Anfield. Liverpool won 4-0 (4-3 on aggregate). (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There was nothing more the Reds could have done in the Premier League.

One defeat all season had yielded 97 points, but it wasn’t enough to pip City to the title; Pep Guardiola’s side took the trophy by one point.

Liverpool had one last chance to end what was a wonderful season on the biggest of highs. Beat Tottenham in Madrid and they would be crowned champions of Europe for the sixth time.

The game was forgettable, but the result wasn’t—two goals were enough to see Liverpool claim victory over their London opponents.

MADRID, SPAIN - SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2019: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his sides first goal from the penalty spot to make the score 0-1 during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Estadio Metropolitano. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda) Jordan Henderson

MADRID, SPAIN - SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2019: Liverpool's Divock Origi celebrates scoring the second goal during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Estadio Metropolitano. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson lifts the trophy after the final whistle during the UEFA Champions League Final at the Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 1, 2019. See PA story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only in permitted publications not devoted to any team, player or match. No commercial use. Stills use only - no video simulation. No commercial association without UEFA permission. please contact PA Images for further information

MADRID, SPAIN - SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2019: Liverpool's players throw Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp in the air as they celebrate a 2-0 victory in the UEFA Champions League Final match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Estadio Metropolitano. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

For Salah there was redemption, for Origi there was one final chapter to a wonderful personal season and for you and me there were nothing but tears as this Liverpool side ensured their place in the history books, as legends of this great club.

Klopp had shaken off the unwanted tag of losing major finals with Liverpool in the biggest of ways.

Supporters thanked them by amassing in a number that touched 750,000 on their return to Merseyside with the trophy.

Liverpool players and staff on the bus during the Champions League Winners Parade in Liverpool. (PA Image)

Liverpool players and staff on the bus during the Champions League Winners Parade in Liverpool. (Danny Lawson/PA Wire/PA Images)

A perfect end to what was a wonderful season. The best bit is we can do it all again in eight weeks’ time.

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