Liverpool won their sixth European crown last night, beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the Champions League final.
Jurgen Klopp finally guided Liverpool to a big trophy this season, after losing three consecutive finals with the Reds since he arrived at Anfield.
The German manager won his first Champions League title in his third final, having lost previously against Bayern Munich in 2013 (as a manager of Borussia Dortmund) and against Real Madrid in last season’s final.
We can definitely say it is a happy end of such an exhausting season for his Liverpool side, as they chased Manchester City until the very last game in the Premier League and reached back-to-back Champions League finals.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 1, 2019
If we sum up the whole campaign, the Reds deserved to win a trophy this season. They didn’t start their European campaign on a high note, losing all three away games in the group stage, including a shocking 2-0 defeat to Red Star Belgrade in the fourth round.
However, they managed to book their place in the knockout stage with a 1-0 victory against Napoli in the last round, edging the Serie A side on a goal difference to finish in second.
In the Premier League, Liverpool were perfect throughout the whole season. They won 30 games and suffered only one defeat in the campaign, challenging Manchester City for the title.
The Red also showed a strong mentality and perfectly managed to cope with the pressure, winning the last nine games of the campaign in the heat of the most exciting title race in recent history. They finished with 97 points, a point tally which would have seen them become champions in each year between 1993 and 2017.
Unfortunately for Klopp and the boys, Manchester City won 98 points, denying them to win their first-ever Premier League crown.
Their hard work paid off in Europe though, as Liverpool went past Bayern Munich with a 3-1 away win at the Allianz Arena in the Round of 16. In the quarter-finals they had an easier job, beating Porto 6-1 on aggregate.
The Champions League semi-final against Barcelona was probably the moment where the Reds showed they are determined to win a trophy this season.
Having suffered a 3-0 defeat at Camp Nou, Liverpool hosted Barcelona to Anfield for the second leg of their semi-final encounter. The Catalans were already champions in Spain, so they traveled to England fresh from the weekend, as Ernesto Valverde had rested the most of his first team players.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 2, 2019
However, a little bit of the Anfield atmosphere, a little bit of Georginio Wijnaldum and a little bit of Divock Origi saw them being totally outplayed by a side that knew there is only one way to win a big trophy this season and that’s to turn the game around in their favor.
Jurgen Klopp’s hard rock football and the desire of Liverpool’s boys was bigger than Barcelona’s three-goal advantage, as the Reds noted a 4-0 victory to qualify for their successive Champions League final.
The Final against Tottenham was a bit quiet, to be honest. Mohamed Salah’s penalty in the second minute gave Liverpool advantage from the start of the game, while Divock Origi, again, finished it off in the dying moments.