An early Mo Salah penalty and a late Divock Origi drive earned a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur that crowned Liverpool European champions for the sixth time – a figure outranked only by AC Milan (seven) and Real Madrid (13).
It took merely 26 seconds for the spot-kick to be awarded. Sadio Mane’s attempted cross hit the arm of Mo Sissoko, and Salah confidently dispatched the resulting penalty, in Madrid.
Tottenham had the better of the remainder of the first half, but couldn’t fashion any clear chances, with Virgil van Dijk making a decisive challenge when one-on-one with a charging Heung-min Son.
Spurs threatened considerably more in the second half. Son burst through in the 75th minute, but as he appeared set to pull the trigger, Van Dijk did superbly to divert the ball behind for a corner.
Minutes later, the Korean’s vicious strike tested Alisson’s hands, before substitute Lucas Moura failed to properly test the Liverpool goalkeeper. A diving Alisson then tipped a Christian Eriksen free-kick round the post.
But in the 85th minute, a rare Liverpool break resulted in the ball falling to Origi, who coolly slotted it across Hugo Lloris into the bottom corner.
Tottenham kept trying, with Harry Kane and Danny Rose getting shots on target, but they couldn’t find a way past Alisson.
Liverpool now face another all-England battle for a European trophy. Chelsea, the UEFA Europa League winners, await them in Istanbul – the city in which Liverpool enjoyed one of their greatest nights in 2005 – on 14 August 2019.
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