After a disappointing finish in the Champions League last season, Liverpool managed to erase the bad memories by claiming their 6th Champions League title in Madrid, where they defeated Tottenham 2:0.
If we travel back in time to last year, we can still remember the disappointing faces of Liverpool fans, who saw how their favourite club lost to Real Madrid in the finals of UEFA Champions League in the worst possible way. Their star striker Salah got injured only minutes into the grand finals, and to top it off, it was not the best night for Liverpool’s former goalkeeper Karius, who made a few too many mistakes, which ultimately lead to Liverpool losing the finals. While we recall the terrible night at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in 2018, Klopp and his men managed to erase the bad memory with a superb performance on June 1st in Madrid, where Liverpool finally got themselves to the summit of European football for the 6th time in history and for the first time in 14 years.
Mohamed Salah, who had to miss last year’s Champions League finals due to an injury, which saw him helplessly looking at how his teammates struggle against Los Blancos, came into the 2018/19 finals determined he will leave a mark and help his team reach glory, something he was unable to do last year. Salah set Liverpool on their way with a penalty only 2 minutes into the match, when Moussa Sissoko got punished for a handball. This gave Liverpool the best possible start of the finals, but the game was a long way from being over. Spurs had several good chances in the minutes that followed, but it was Alisson who managed to deny their chances. The failure to capitalise on their chances lead Spurs to inevitable doom when it was no other than the substitute Divock Origi, who ensured there would be no surprises in the final seconds of the match with a goal in the 87th minute.
Winning the finals of the Champions League did not only break the shackles set on Liverpool, which prevented them from rising to the top of Europe for 14 years, but also helped Klopp lose his tag as a coach who does not perform well in big matches. As a coach, Klopp lost an astonishing 6 successive finals, which understandably earned himself a tag of a coach that simply can not win the finals. While it’s true that even reaching the finals is a huge accomplishment, the spotlights are only reserved for the winners. Nonetheless, Klopp managed to prove everyone wrong on June 1st, when he lead his club to a 2:0 win over Tottenham. With that, he is now not only known as a coach who won the Champions League with Liverpool, but also a coach who brought Liverpool back to the pinnacle of European football. Winning the Champions League, reaching the finals of Champions League for the 2nd year in a row, winning 4:0 against Barcelona at Anfield and finishing the Premier League with only one defeat is without a say a huge accomplishment, which made Jurgen Klopp, who was already a lovable figure into a club’s legend.
On the other side, we have got Tottenham, who failed to perform on the historic night, which saw them in the finals of the UCL for the first time in history. It was a bittersweet night for Tottenham and Pochettino, whose gamble to play Kane, despite the fact he has not stepped on the pitch since April did not pay off. Knowing well Kane is not 100% ready, the temptation was understandably too much to leave the world-class striker out of the finals, however as we could see, the English captain was unable to hold his team above water. Despite a 2:0 defeat, we must give Pochettino huge credit for taking Tottenham to the first ever Champions League finals, which he got by defeating Manchester City and the “unstoppable” Ajax in two extremely exciting matches that will surely go down in history as one of the best and most thrilling UCL fixtures.
With a 2:0 win in Madrid, Liverpool is back at the top of European football, and while the finals in Madrid were not even remotely as exciting as the finals in 2005, when Liverpool defeated AC Milan, a win is still a win, and a well-deserved one for Liverpool, who finished the 2018/19 season in the best possible way.
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