Champions League glory for Liverpool
Liverpool were crowned kings of Europe for the sixth time in their history after beating Tottenham 2-0 in the Champions League final.
Goals at either end of the game, from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi, ensured it was Jurgen Klopp’s side who came out on top in Madrid, capping a fine season for the Merseyside outfit, who erased the disappointment of a year ago when they were beaten finalists.
Liverpool couldn’t have wished for a better start as they were awarded a penalty within the opening minute of the game after Sadio Mane’s pass was adjudged to have struck the arm of Moussa Sissoko.
Salah stepped forward and converted from the spot, but after a dramatic opening, the remainder of the first half produced little in the way of goalscoring opportunities.
It was a similar theme after the break. Tottenham, with Harry Kane featuring for the first time since April, enjoyed plenty of possession without ever seriously looking like scoring, and the game was eventually put to bed three minutes from time as Liverpool made it 2-0.
Tottenham failed to clear their lines, and as the ball was worked to Origi on the left-hand side of the penalty area, he fired a fierce left-footed drive into the bottom corner to seal victory for Klopp’s side.
Having guided his team to silverware for the first time since taking over in 2015, Klopp was overjoyed at the final whistle.
"Did you ever see a team like this, fighting with no fuel in the tank? I am so happy for the boys, all these people and my family. They suffer for me, they deserve it more than anybody," he said.
"It was an intense season with the most beautiful finish I ever could have imagined."
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, spoke about his desire to experience the occasion once again.
"You want to experience this again and repeat it. It is the best game in the world after the World Cup," he said.
"It's about trying, believing and building the journey so it happens again as soon as possible."