Liverpool has won the 2018-19 Champions League after Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi earned the Reds a 2-0 victory over Tottenham in Saturday night’s Madrid final. Having been beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid in last season’s final in Kiev, Liverpool were out to exorcise those demons with Jurgen Klopp also seeking his first trophy since becoming the club’s head coach back in 2015. Given the dramatic nature of this season’s Champions League campaign, it was no surprise to see the final kick off in chaotic fashion as Liverpool were awarded a penalty inside the first 30 seconds of the match.
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. In his speech Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp said, 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.
The win ensured Liverpool lifted their sixth European Cup, adding to previous successes in 1977, 78, 81, 84, and 2005.