Liverpool won the champions league on Saturday for a record 6th time, the highest for any English club. This was their second champions league final in a row, following their embarrassing demolition in the hands of Real Madrid.
Liverpool controlled the game from start to finish, from the controversial penalty to firing shots at every opportunity, most going to the crowd……efforts still and it all paid off at the end with some Divock Origi magic in the dying minutes.
With the champions league buzz still in the air, here are some things we learnt from Liverpool’s win.
1. Referees should use the VAR more often.
The early penalty set the tone for the game putting Tottenham under immediate pressure, which they never recovered from. The question is, why didn’t the referee consult the VAR on what seemed like a soft offence since it was a ball to hand scenario? It seemed like the Ref was in a rush to give a penalty……either way, we’re not gonna stop hearing this for a while.
Always try to double check at all times.
2. A hot pitch invader can be a good advertising opportunity
The biggest part of the game was when Russian model Kinsey Wolanski streaked on the pitch wearing a one-piece bathing suit with a promotion for her boyfriend website “Vitaly Uncensored”.
Both parties gaining immediate popularity and fame in the space of 2 minutes, totally immortalised in the history books as the girl that disrupted the Champions League final game between Liverpool and Tottenham……..we’re not angry though, the game was getting a bit boring.
3. Liverpool have come a long way
From losing woefully to Real Madrid in 2018, to making one of the biggest comebacks in Champions League history by beating Barcelona 4-0……..even Messi is still perplexed.
After that heartbreaking defeat in 2018, they pulled themselves together and went beast mode all through the 2019 season, missing out on a Premier League trophy by just one point. One team to really watch out for next season as they’re gonna carry that momentum all the way.
4. This wasn’t the Tottenham we knew
Asides conceding a super early penalty, Tottenham looked like the shadow of the team that beat Ajax in the semi-final. With zero shots on target in the first half, Harry Kane nowhere to be found, misplaced key passes and a lack of will to break the resilient Liverpool defence.
5. Virgil van Dijk might be the best defender in the world
In a game where the bizarre is the norm and most goals come from mistakes, Virgil Van Dijk has managed to be a consistent rock in the Liverpool defence, constantly making interceptions, tackles and matching speedy strikers for pace……what you want in a modern defender.
A Ballon D’or maybe?
6. Jurgen Klopp is underrated
Arguably one of the best managers in the game, from his time Borussia Dortmund, we watched how he brought a struggling team to the world stage and almost winning the Champions league with them. The same story goes for world-beating Liverpool who always seemed to be lacking in more areas than one.
His relationship with his players and how he manages to bring the best out of them is a special attribute.
7. Daniel Sturridge now has two medals
You might not know this but Daniel Sturridge now has two Champions League medals as an unused sub. One from Chelsea and now at Liverpool……talk about cruising to a win.
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