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Liverpool Kings of Europe For The Sixth time as Origi late strike and Salah penalty break Jurgen Klopp cup final hoodoo

Mohamed Salah opened the scoring with a penalty awarded after just 21 seconds before Divock Origi secured the win with three minutes left to play. 

Tottenham were the dominant side in the contest but they were unable to find a way past Alisson in the Liverpool goal.  

MATCH STATS

TOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1)

Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Winks (Moura 66), Sissoko (Dier 74); Eriksen, Alli (Llorente 82), Son; Kane

Subs not used: Gazzaniga, Vorm, Sanchez, Foyth, Davies, Aurier, Walker-Peters, Wanyama, Lamela. 

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

LIVERPOOL (4-3-3) 

Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, van Dijk, Matip, Robertson; Wijnaldum (Milner 62), Fabinho, Henderson; Salah, Firmino (Origi 58), Mane.

Subs not used: Mignolet, Lovren, Gomez, Sturridge, Moreno, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri, Brewster, Kelleher.

Goals: Salah 2 (pen), Origi 88 

Manager: Jurgen Klopp 

Referee: Damir Skomina – (SLO)

Liverpool are back at the top of the tree. 

As the famous Kop banner says, ‘Those Scousers Again’.

They had taken over the Spanish capital, Plaza Mayor, Plaza de Santa Ana and Gran Via transformed into a red sea, sunburnt and singing, an invasion of flags and banners, Transalpino and adidas. 

It was some sight, with the Madrid authorities estimating that around 50,000 Liverpudlians had made the journey. 

They’d come from far and wide, from Chile and Egypt, Croxteth and Crosby. They’d arrived by car and by train, by air and by sea. They’d come to party, to see their heroes crowned.

Their heroes didn’t let them down. 

Last year, their hearts were broken by a team in white. Lessons were learned, Klopp said. Resolve was strengthened. He felt they’d be back, he felt they could come again.

They could.

This was a crowning night, the night a new set of legends emerged. From Jordan Henderson, the captain who hoisted that famous jug-eared trophy aloft, to Alisson Becker, whose second-half saves got Klopp’s team over the line. From Virgil van Dijk, the £75million bargain, to Trent Alexander-Arnold, the home-grown superstar at 20 years of age. Each and every one of them deserved what they got here. 

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