“We need to feel very proud of the effort, how we fought to get to this final. We were very unlucky to concede that goal from the penalty. We played so well in the second half. It’s not easy to play against a team that plays transition very well, taking risks. I feel so proud. We were a little bit unlucky. Being 1-0 down from the start changed the plans completely. It’s not easy. But having been in the Champions League final for the fist time, we have to be optimistic for the future.
“It’s about learning. Use this experience like Liverpool did last year. I’m so pleased to manage this group of players and I congratulate Liverpool because they’ve had a fantastic season. When you live this experience, you want to do it again, to play in the best game in the world after the World Cup.”
Just to prove that not all presidents tweet dangerous nonsense, Senegal’s Macky Sall has taken to social media to congratulate his compatriot Sadio Mané for the “talent, discipline and humility” that have helped make him a European champion. Chapeau.
Jordan Henderson speaks
“Without the manager this is impossible. What he’s done in this club is incredible. Not only the players he’s brought in that have made us stronger, but he’s also made the players who were already here better.”
“I’m so proud to be part of this football club. I’ve just tried to give my best every time I’ve played football ad help the team. There’s been tough times over my career but I’ve kept going. This is what you’ve done it for. This is the best moment of my life apart from [having] my children.” And to think, back in 2012 Brendan Rodgers was trying to usher Henderson out of the club as he bartered for Clint Dempsey … and most people at the time (including me) thought that would have been a decent deal. Hats off to Henderson for proving his worth in the ost delicious style.
Here are Liverpool fans celebrating at the final whistle. It looks like they enjoyed it.
While Liverpool milk the glory, Pochettino is probably in the dressing room telling his players to watch and remember their hurt, so they can use it as fuel to go a step farther next time. But he should also reflect on his own decisions here. He got the key selections wrong. Winks did not have the impact he hoped after two months out injured, and nor did Kane, who was allowed to stay on the pitch until the end despite offering next to nothing. At least those players had excuses: some of the others, notably Eriksen, don’t. That said, most Liverpool players were no better, but that bit doesn’t matter now.
A jubilant Klopp speaks
“I’m so happy for the boys, I’m so happy for all of these people, I’m so happy for my family….. Did you ever see a team like this? Fighting with no fuel in the tank any more. And we had a goalkeeper who makes difficult things look easy. Tonight this is going to be great. This may be the best night of my life, professional wise.”
“This is so important. We have our owners who never put pressure on us, they only support and say ‘you can deliver this’. They are brilliant.”
Asked how he intends celebrating he says: “I don’t know. Normally when I win, 20 minutes after the game I am already half-pissed …”
The look on Klopp’s face as he thrust the trophy skywards, surrounded by his players, will make for a priceless picture. His team were way below par today and he knows what would have been said if they had been punished with defeat, his seventh in a row in a final. Instead his team prevailed and, with this trophy now under their belt, they are likely to become far more formidable. You’d say this could be the beginning of a dynasty … if Manchester City weren’t around.
As each player takes turns hoisting the trophy high, Liverpool fans serenade them with a lusty and slightly relieved rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone. Most Spurs fans appear to have left …
Jordan Henderson raises the European Cup high above his head
Liverpool are at the summit of Europe!
Liverpool’s players bounce up to collect their medals and then gather and dance around the trophy, which Jordan Henderson will soon hold aloft.
Liverpool give their opponents a guard of honour as Spurs’ players troop up to collect their runners-up medals. They don’t even glance at the trophy standing next to the Uefa president handing out the medals. Liverpool know that pain from last season, and they’ve made amends.
A besuited Ian Rush plonks the trophy on its pedestal as Liverpool players stand beside the podium awaiting permission to go grab it…
“I’m just a normal lad from Liverpool whose dream’s just come true”
Salah: “Everybody is happy now! I’m very glad to play the second final in a row and the full 90 minutes, finally. It wasn’t a good performance from any of us individually but that doesn’t matter now.”
Alexander-Arnold: “It’s hard to even put into words what;s just happened. With the season we’ve had we deserved it more than any other team. We’ve beaten everyone put in our path, We were probably dominated for the main part of the game but we showed we’re a world class side and can win any way. When we look back tonight we’re not going to think it was a sluggish game, we’re going to think we’ve just won the European Cup! I’m just a normal lad from Liverpool who’s dream just come true.”
Origi: “We’ve done it. I’m happy that I could play my part but every single guy fought so hard today.”
Des Kelly of BT nabs Salah for an interview, then notices that the rest of the Liverpool team are about to sprint off in unison towards the red-clad fans for a big loving cheer: so he advises Salah to dash off and join his teammates, which the Egyptian does with gusto.
It’s all smiles and back slaps among the Liverpool players. And Pochettino, classy to the end, walks among them to shake hands and congratulate them, after commiserating with his own players.
Full-time: Spurs 0-2 Liverpool
Liverpool are European champions for the sixth time! Don’t bother telling them it was a boring final because they don’t care! Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi scored the goals that mean a wonderful season for Jurgen Klopp’s team most definitely did not end in an anti-climax. They are legends! Klopp has his first trophy with the club he has transformed and uplifted, and Spurs leave with a lot of credit for making it this far, but regrets with how flat they fell on the big stage.
90+4 min: You’ll Never Walk Alone is reverberating around the stadium as Spurs flail around in search of consolation. It’s not happening.
90 min: Joe Gomez is a Champions finalist, having just come on in place of Mané.
89 min: Fabinho’s role in that goal was nice. HE showed coolness as the ball bobbled around the area to flick it to Origi, who finished perfectly. For a player who seldom starts, Origi has scored some huge goals for Liverpool. It’s going to take a comeback better that surpasses anything we’ve seen so far this season for Spurs to prevent Liverpool from winning this now.
GOAL! Spurs 0-2 Liverpool (Origi 88)
Spurs fail to clear a corner from Milner, and Liverpool work it to Origi in the left-hand side of the box. The Belgian steads himself and smacks a good low shot into the far corner!
86 min: Tripper delivers an outswinger … Moura meets it eight yards out, shotting into the ground … Son tries to redirect it towards goal from close range but heads over! He was offside anyway. but Moura’s chance was a good one, if only he’d caught it properly!
85 min: Eriksen goes for the far corner … and Alison springs to his right to push it behind for a corner.
84 min: Rose beats Milner to a dropping ball at the edge of the area and then goes down under contact from the midfielder. Freekick to Spurs on the right-hand side of the box, close to the corner. Eriksen nudges it a little closer to the corner to give himself a more favourable shooting position…
83 min: Milner is the latest player to muck up a corner, failing to beat the first defender.
80 min: Son unloads one from out of the blue, from 25 yards. It’s struck hard and true and Alisson parries it with difficulty. Spurs get it back into the danger area quickly and Moura fires off a low toe-punter. Alisson saves this one more easily. Liverpool need to wake up.
78 min: Liverpool have dropped back and challenged Spurs to open them up. They work Trippier into space down the right and he clips over a dainty cross. Alli gets his nut to it but sends his effort over from seven yards. And, it turns ut, he fouled Matip anyway so Liverpool have a freekick.
77 min: I’m not sure that Kane has touched the ball in this half.
75 min: A Liverpool attack founders and suddenly Spurs are on the charge. Son tries to run through the heart of their defence and for a moment it looks like he can do it, but then Van Dijk shifts into top gear and eases him off the ball.
74 min: Spurs substitution: Dier on, Sissoko off. The Frenchman may have been injured, he seemed to pick up a strain of some sort.
73 min: The game is loosening up now. Quality isn’t exactly soaring but gaps are opening up. Son skitters towards the Liverpool area and slips the all wide to Alli, who tries a dinky, Deulofue-esque lob over Alisson. But he doesn’t catch it right and it’s a comfortable save for the keeper.
71 min: Alison catches the Spurs’ defence out with a quick long kick to Salah, wide on the right. Salah finds Mané at the edge of the area but he runs into trouble, allowing Spurs to clear.
70 min: Vertonghn flights a fine long pass from deep to Tripper wide on the right. The fullback delivers a fine cross in the danger zone … but there’s no teammates there to get on the end of it!
69 min: Mané skins Eriksen in midfield and scampers towards the box, zipping the ball in to Salah near the penalty spot. Salah lays it back to Milner, who takes one touch and then lashes a low effort just wide from the edge of the box! Good play!
67 min: Alexander-Arnold donks a pitiful corner to the near post, where Son whacks clear. Even the setpieces have been diabolical today, except for Salah’s penalty.
66 min: Spurs substitution: Moura on, Winks off. Eriksen drops a little deeper.
65 min: At the risk of repeating myself, this is very scrappy. Neither team can string a series of passes together. This is a great advertisement for rugby, or ice hockey or drinking.