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Liver­pool ended an in­cred­i­ble sea­son by win­ning Europe’s big­gest prize af­ter beat­ing Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 2-0 in Satur­day’s all-english Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal, earn­ing sweet re­demp­tion af­ter ag­o­nis­ingly miss­ing out on the Pre­mier League ti­tle. Mo­hamed Salah scored the sec­ond-quick­est goal in a Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal by con­vert­ing from the penalty spot in the sec­ond minute while Divock Origi sealed vic­tory in the 87th af­ter Liver­pool had sur­vived some heavy late pres­sure from Spurs.

Tot­ten­ham, in their first Euro­pean Cup fi­nal, kept their heads af­ter the

early set­back and came to life when semi-fi­nal hat-trick hero Lu­cas Moura was brought on but, with Harry Kane lack­ing sharp­ness, an­other Euro­pean come­back was be­yond them.

Liver­pool, who missed out on the Pre­mier League ti­tle to Manch­ester City by one point, did not pro­duce their usual whirl­wind at­tack­ing game but Salah’s de­bat­able penalty and Origi’s ar­rowed fin­ish sealed a sixth Euro­pean Cup tri­umph.

“Ev­ery­one is happy now,” said Salah as the Liver­pool fans re­joiced. “I am glad to play the sec­ond fi­nal in a row and play 90 min­utes fi­nally. Ev­ery­one did his best to­day, no great in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances, all the team was un­be­liev­able.” Right-back Trent Alexan­der-arnold who had ma­rauded down the flank all night, added: “It is hard to put into words. The sea­son we have had, we de­served it more than any other team.” The win at the Wanda Metropoli­tano was sweet re­demp­tion for Salah and es­pe­cially Klopp, who had suf­fered de­feat in his last six ma­jor fi­nals, in­clud­ing Cham­pi­ons League show­pieces with Borus­sia Dort­mund in 2013 and Liver­pool last year.

“I am so happy for the boys all these peo­ple, and my fam­ily. They suf­fer for me, they de­serve it more than any­body,” said the elated Ger­man.


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