Liverpool return to winning ways.
All eyes descended on Madrid on Saturday as Tottenham took on Liverpool in the Champions League final. What followed was probably one of the most anti-climatic and boring finals that the Champions League has witnessed for some time. At the end of the day though Liverpool scored and finished the season with a trophy which they thoroughly deserved.
The lineups were straight forward, with Kane returning to fitness he started ahead of Lucas Moura in the Tottenham lineup. Klopp could call upon Mane, Firmino, and Salah once again while the rest of the lineup was as it has been this season. A minute after kick off Mane chipped the ball into Sissoko’s hand in the Tottenham penalty area to give Liverpool a penalty. With the new penalty rules it does not matter how close the player was to the ball or whether it was intentional or not, if it touches a person’s arm its a penalty. Salah stepped up to take the penalty and 2 minutes into the game Liverpool were ahead. Liverpool now could sit back and play on the counter as Tottenham huffed and puffed, dominated possession, had shots on target but still could not hit the back of the net. Origi then came off the bench to score in the 87th minute to seal Liverpool’s 6th Champions League trophy.
The startling thing about Liverpool after the final is that Klopp and co played a different game to their usual high pressing one. This showed another aspect to Liverpool and it should make the rest of the teams up their game because Liverpool now have more than one way to win a game. For Tottenham they tried their best but they could not beat Liverpool, I personally think Moura should have started because he deserved it after single handedly taking Spurs to the final which on the basis of it Ajax should have reached. The teams will now head into the summer break looking to recharge, while the clubs will now look to strengthen. Liverpool need a creative spark in midfield while Spurs need an injection of energy in several areas of the pitch.
Being a Chelsea fan I would have preferred that none of these teams won the final but with my neutral hat on Liverpool deserved it and generally deserved to end the season with at least one trophy.