LIVERPOOL ARE THE CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE! Jurgen Klopp won his first trophy as Reds manager as his side beat Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid.
Tottenham 0-2 Liverpool
Champions League final, Wanda Metropolitano Stadium
June 1, 2019
Goals: Salah pen 2′, Origi 87′
Alisson (out of 10) – 9
Alisson‘s superb first season at Anfield culminated in playing a part in club football’s biggest game and he was Liverpool’s star man.
One wonderful pass to Mohamed Salah was a moment that stood out in terms of his distribution, but most important were huge saves from Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Christian Eriksen.
Man of the Match in a Champions League final—the best goalkeeper in the world.
Alexander-Arnold became the first-ever player under the age of 21 to start in consecutive Champions League finals and he finished the night a European champion.
The youngster fired wide from distance after the early goal and he made a crucial tackle on Son, showcasing his ability at both ends of the pitch.
What a talent—he’s already a legend of his boyhood club now!
Joel Matip – 8
Matip’s starting berth was fully justified after an impressive run of form and he was very reliable in Madrid.
A few nervy moments early in proceedings were wholly understandable, but one lovely cross-field pass to Andy Robertson set up an eventual shot from the left-back.
Made a huge contribution for Divock Origi‘s trophy-clinching goal, teeing-up the striker in the dying minutes.
Virgil van Dijk – 9
Liverpool’s Player of the Year was always going to be a huge figure in Madrid and he was precisely that.
The Dutchman was immaculate in all facets of his play, with one vital interception on Son showing just how quick he is.
A monster of a footballer who has produced an outrageously impressive season.
Andy Robertson – 7
Robertson has become arguably Liverpool’s most consistent performer and that was the order of the day on a legendary night for Liverpool.
The Scot tested Hugo Lloris in the first half and his crossing was excellent throughout.
He looked tired as the minutes ticked by, as was the case with so many players, but stuck to his job admirably.
Fabinho – 8
Used in the No. 6 role that he has now made his own for the Reds, Fabinho typically shone in the more understated aspects of the game.
His ability to nick balls away from Spurs, win fouls and use the ball intelligently were priceless, although he was occasionally out of position as the match grew stretched in the second half.
Jordan Henderson – 7
On arguably the biggest night of his career, Henderson led his side out at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
The skipper played a good pass to Sadio Mane in the lead-up to Salah’s second-minute penalty and worked his socks off all evening.
One poor attempt from range was extremely tired-looking, but it was hard to fault much about his performance.
Lifted the European Cup—what an unbelievable moment for him and one of real redemption after years of criticism.
Gini Wijnaldum – 6
Wijnaldum was preferred to James Milner in the middle of the park but this was one of those less-impressive performances from the midfielder.
His touch evaded him a few times and his general influence was lacking by usual standards, without doing too much wrong. He completed 100 per cent of his passes, but just 12 of them in an hour showed his lack of control on the game.
Still, he got the Reds to Madrid after his Barcelona heroics!
Mohamed Salah – 7
After last season’s heartbreak in Kyiv, Salah was looking to make amends and he had his moment of glory, scoring the game’s opening goal.
In truth, his penalty was not the best, but he buried it past Hugo Lloris and set Jurgen Klopp‘s side on the way to glory.
His pace and movement were a constant outlet and he looked hungry all night, but his end product was a little lacking.
Sadio Mane – 8
Mane has been Liverpool’s best player since 2019 arrived and he was yet again the main attacking spark on a famous night.
The Senegalese won the penalty after 23 seconds, in a breathtaking start, and he scared the life out of Kieran Trippier.
One superb solo run after the break was a standout moment.
Roberto Firmino – 6
Firmino was passed fit after missing the second leg against Barcelona, in what was a huge pre-match boost for the Reds.
As it turned out, the Brazilian was miles off the pace, however, with his touch and fitness levels severely lacking.
Substituted after 58 minutes.
Divock Origi (on for Firmino, 58′) – 10
Let’s forget that Origi was actually awful on the ball; he scored the second goal, clinching European glory for a great finish.
He will forever go down as a legend now!
James Milner (on for Milner, 62′) – 7
Shot wide and was typically industrious.
Joe Gomez (on for Mane, 89′) – N/A
Only on the pitch for a few minutes.
Subs not used: Mignolet, Kelleher, Lovren, Moreno, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Shaqiri, Sturridge, Brewster
Jurgen Klopp – 10
Klopp has won a trophy and there’s nothing anyone can do about it!!!
The German finally has some silverware to enjoy after doing a stunning job so far – this was his defining night as Liverpool manager.
The display from his team was actually a little lacking on the night, but they controlled proceedings which is testament to how well-drilled he has made them.
Legendary status sealed.