Liverpool won the 2019 UEFA Champions League title!
In a grind of a game against Tottenham, Liverpool simply finished their opportunities better, securing a 2-0 victory.
Early controversy, Salah scores
The game immediately started with controversy, as a Sadio Mane delivery hit Moussa Sissoko on the arm in the box. A penalty was awarded, which Mo Salah buried to give Liverpool a second-minute 1-0 lead.
Spurs grind game to a halt
From there, Spurs tried to slow the game down and limit counter-attacking opportunities. They out-possessed Liverpool 63-37% in the first half, playing the ball back in their defensive third often. Liverpool created all of the meaningful opportunities, with 8 shots on goal (2 on target) to Tottenham’s 2 and 0. The Reds were more on their front foot and linked up more creatively and effectively.
The first half heat map from WhoScored demonstrates how Spurs played the first half. Tottenham had possession and played it back. Liverpool had its most effective attacks up the flanks via Mane and Andy Robertson against Kieran Trippier.
Spurs up attack in second half
So much of the story leading into the match was how the chess match would play out between Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino.
Spurs were the more aggressive and threatening team coming out the gates in the final 45. Klopp made to early substitutions, pulling Roberto Firmino for Divock Origi and inserting James Milner for Gini Wijnaldum.
While Poch was wise to sub out a putrid Dele Alli, he left Harry Kane in. Kane rejoined the starting XI but was mostly anonymous, as Spurs failed to find meaningful ways to service the ball to him.
Spurs continued to threaten, then…
DIVOCK ORIGI HAPPENED
Klopp’s substitution of Firmino for Divock Origi proved wise, as once again DIVOCK ORIGI HAPPENED.
The Belgian found the net with a brilliant strike in the 87th minute, securing Liverpool the 2-0 win.
Liverpool’s Sixth European Title
The win gives Liverpool six Champions League titles: 1977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 2005, and 2019.
This is Klopp’s first title since winning the Bundesliga in 2012 with Borussia Dortmund. The win secures this year’s Liverpool team among the greatest of all time via ELO.
These two quotes perfectly sum up what it means to be a Liverpool supporter and teammate.
Trent Alexander-Arnold asked how he feels about following Liverpool FC legends who won European Cups: “I’m just a normal lad from Liverpool whose dream’s just come true.” #UCLfinal— David Conn (@david_conn) June 1, 2019
And pure class here 👏👏👏
Congrats, @LFC. Really happy for everyone at the club and fans. You deserved this.— Loris Karius (@LorisKarius) June 1, 2019