Mo Salah and Divock Origi goals gave Jurgen Klopp is first European title as Liverpool win their sixth Champions League at the Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid.
Liverpool needed less than two minutes to take the advantage in Saturday’s all-English Champions League final – but the penalty decision which led to Salah was not well-received by all. Salah converted his effort expertly past Hugo Lloris after Moussa Sissoko handled in the area in what was essentially the first passage of play at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Referee Damir Skomina had no doubts in pointing to the spot, although the ball appeared to ricochet off Sissoko’s chest before striking his outstretched arm as he cantered out to close down Sadio Mane. The penalty subsequently became the second-fastest goal in Champions League final history, and left Tottenham with a mountain to climb, albeit with plenty of time still left on the clock to mastermind another comeback.
Trent Alexander-Arnold sent a low drive whistling wide in the 18th minute and the Liverpool defender made a vital intervention as Son Heung-min threatened to go through on goal shortly afterwards. Lloris tipped over from the Reds’ other full-back, Andy Robertson, as a scrappy first-half yielded no further goals. Alexander-Arnold intervened to thwart Son once more after the break, with Klopp’s decision to send on Origi and James Milner suggesting a focus upon containment. But Milner almost gave the Reds breathing space when he drove narrowly wide from 18 yards in the 69th minute.
Spurs’ semi-final hero Lucas Moura scuffed a shot too close to fellow Brazilian Alisson, who did well to repel Christian Eriksen’s rasping free-kick.
It fell to Origi to make sure for Liverpool and he made no mistake with a sweetly struck left-footed effort after Tottenham failed to clear a corner and Joel Matip nudged the ball into his path.
Alisson Becker 8: Solid with his handling of Tottenham’s threat in the second half but some of his distribution was a bit wayward in the first half.
Trent Alexander-Arnold 7: Made a vital interception when Son was otherwise clear on goal and fizzed a shot wide. Kept busy defensively by the lively Son.
Joel Matip 8: Fortunate to escape a booking after slipping into a foul on Kane but has been thankful for those long legs on plenty occasions in the game.
Virgil van Dijk 8: Won some good headers early on but was out of position on one occasion and was little wobbly in the early stages. Winning his battle with Kane and also assisted Origi’s goal in the 88th minute.
Andy Robertson 7: A great cross almost found Salah at the far post and forced Lloris into a good save with a shot from range. He was defensively solid also.
Fabinho 7: One delightful flick initiated an attack in midfield but has sometimes been bypassed by Tottenham runners from deep.
Jordan Henderson 7: Started to influence more after an unsteady start, although at times the Liverpool midfield have been guilty of getting in the way of one another.
Gini Wijnaldum 6: Working hard but hasn’t been able to impact as much as intended. Improving, though.
Mohamed Salah 7: Thumped his penalty home with glee and has been consistently Liverpool’s most dangerous forward with his pace down the right.
Roberto Firmino 4: He was well off the pace, unsurprising given his absence of recent weeks. Barely featured and was substituted for Origi in the 58th minute.
Sadio Mane 7: Earned the spot kick with a clever piece of play and largely has the beating of Tripper down the left.
Divock Origi 7: He scored the second goal in the 88th minute to kill off the game.
James Milner 6
Hugo Lloris 6
Kieran Trippier 6
Toby Alderweireld 5
Jan Vertonghen 6
Danny Rose 7
Moussa Sissoko 5
Harry Winks 6
Dele Alli 4
Christian Eriksen 5
Son Heung-min 5
Harry Kane 4
Lucas Moura 6
Eric Dier 3
Fernando Llorente 4
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