Liverpool beat Tottenham to win Champions League for the sixth time after a 2-0 defeat of Premier League rivals Tottenham in Madrid.
The Reds’ victory, courtesy of a Mohamed Salah penalty awarded in the first minute and converted in the second, plus a late Divock Origi effort, not only exorcises the demons of last season’s 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in Kyiv but also ends Jürgen Klopp’s run of six successive club final defeats.
Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool manager
I don’t want to explain why we won it; I only want to enjoy that we won it. We’ll celebrate together, we’ll have a sensational night. I feel mostly relief, relief for my family. The last six times we flew on holiday with only a silver medal it didn’t feel too cool.
We were all crying on the pitch because it means so much to us. It wasn’t important for me to touch the cup; I loved seeing the boys having it and seeing some faces in the crowd. Going to Liverpool tomorrow with something to celebrate is big and I’m really looking forward to that.
Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham manager
Now it’s impossible to talk – we’re all very disappointed, but I feel so proud of my players. Finals are about winning, not about playing well; it’s not tactics. I want to congratulate Liverpool, Klopp, the players, the club and the fans because they’ve had an amazing season. They were fantastic. It’s so painful, but we need to keep going.
2: Salah’s goal was the second fastest in a final after Paolo Maldini’s effort 51 seconds into the 2005 decider.
5: A substitute has scored in five of the last six finals: Marcelo (2014), Yannick Carrasco (2016), Marco Asensio (2017), Gareth Bale (2018) and now Origi.
6: Liverpool’s sixth European Cup means they go third on their own on the all-time honours board, behind only Real Madrid (13) and AC Milan (7).
6: Klopp’s run of six successive final defeats, including three with Liverpool, stretched back to Borussia Dortmund’s 2013 UEFA Champions League final loss to Bayern.
13: England now has 13 European Cups, clear in second place behind Spain (18) and ahead of Italy (12).
17: Klopp is the 17th coach to win the UEFA Champions League.
20: Of the 26 UEFA Champions League finals that have yielded a goal, 20 have been won by the team scoring first. Only 2003 ended goalless.