Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool: Champions League final live blog
Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 to win the European Cup for the sixth time in the club's history.
Mohamed Salah converted an early penalty in Madrid before Divock Origi came off the bench to seal an historic victory.
🔴 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🔴 YESSS!! Dream come true! This has been my dream since I started playing football! So grateful to lift t… https://t.co/u3DbDfppXe— GWijnaldum (Gini Wijnaldum) 1st Jun 23:07
Jürgen Klopp: "We have won something now and we will carry on. This is only the start for this group - all with the best times of their careers ahead of them. That's big."
Just a normal lad from Liverpool whose dream has just come true 🏆 #YNWA #UCLfinal https://t.co/DOIPwVkdkA— trentaa98 (Trent Alexander-Arnold) 1st Jun 22:05
Watch the moment Jordan Henderson became the fifth Liverpool captain to lift the European Cup in the free video below...
Been some great photos tonight, this is the best...#SeanCox https://t.co/eBqR0Ktf2o— PeterMooreLFC (Peter Moore) 1st Jun 21:57
Reds to play in Super Cup
Tonight's win means Liverpool will now contest the 2019 UEFA Super Cup, of course.
We'll face Chelsea in Istanbul on August 14.
This is what it means. #SixTimes https://t.co/NGUJa7maDn— LFC (Liverpool FC (at 🏠)) 1st Jun 21:52
❤️ #SixTimes https://t.co/CyvlcyCqJI— LFC (Liverpool FC (at 🏠)) 1st Jun 21:39
0 - No opposition player has completed a dribble past Virgil van Dijk in any of his last 64 appearances in all comp… https://t.co/yE4qNV5cJc— OptaJoe (OptaJoe) 1st Jun 21:36
Hendo pays tribute to the boss
Fresh from lifting the trophy aloft, Henderson told BT Sport: "Without the manager, this isn't possible. What he's done since he's come in to this football club is unbelievable.
"I'm so proud to be part of this football club, but to captain it is even more special."
A moment we'll never forget. #SixTimes https://t.co/7L5Xv1qstW— LFC (Liverpool FC (at 🏠)) 1st Jun 21:27
The boss speaks
Speaking to BT Sport, Jürgen Klopp says: "Did you ever see a team like this, fighting with no fuel at all?
"What a night. It's maybe the best night of my life professional-wise."
Jordan Henderson hoists that big, heavy trophy aloft. What scenes!
You'll Never Walk Alone now rings around Estadio Metropolitano. These are moments we'll never ever forget.
Speaking to BT Sport, Alexander-Arnold says: "It's hard to put into words what has just happened.
"We've done something special again tonight."
LIVERPOOL ARE CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE
Alisson has to push Son's low effort aorund the post.
Anothr fine save from him tonight.
Five minutes of added time to be played...
Mane off, Gomez on for stoppage-time.
GOAL! DIVOCK ORIGI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Origi slams in a loose ball following a corner!
Moura heads a bouncing ball over from yards out; however, he's flagged offside anyway.
A stunning save from Alisson keeps out Eriksen's attempt from the free-kick. The 'keeper had to fling himself across the goal to keep it out.
Alexander-Arnold concedes a free-kick in a really dangerous position for Liverpool on the left of the area.
Llorente comes on for Alli for Spurs.
Double save from Alisson denies first Son from range and then Moura.
Alli gets above Matip but, thankfully, heads over from Trippier's centre.
Fine challenge from Van Dijk to stop Son as he looks to try and go clean through using his speed.
Dier on for Sissoko for Tottenham.
Alli tries to - somewhat audaciously - hook one over the head of Allison. The Reds' 'keeper reads it, however.
Mane is an inch away from getting a clear strike on goal from eight yards following Salah's deflected cross, but Sissoko makes challenge to thwart him.
Spurs claim handball as Matip's clearance clatters against a teammate inside the box, but the officials aren't interested.
Milner is an inch away from making it 2-0 after Mane and Salah combined superly to set him up on the edge of the box.
Spurs' first change sees Winks replaced by Moura.
A second Liverpool change sees Milner replace Wijnaldum in midfield.
Spurs beginning to increase the pressure on the Liverpool defence here as they chase an equaliser.
Firmino's evening has come to an end as he's replaced by Divock Origi.
Alisson comes through a crowd of bodies to punch a Spurs corner away before Rose's follow-up is blocked by Salah.
Salah has a shot blocked inside the box after a dangerous counter.
Liverpool regain the ball and Lloris just meets Robertson's low cross before Mane can turn it in
Fabinho lines one up from distance, but it deflects off Winks and makes it easy for Lloris to collect.
A neat Spurs free-kick routine sets Son free in the box. He lays it off to Vertonghen to shoot, but an offside flag is raised.
Tottenham have begun the second half on the offensive. Alli brings down a cross in the box, but the Reds manage to scramble away, before Kane crosses but can't pick out one of his teammates.
Off we go again...
Tottenham re-start the game in Madrid.
The tale of the first-half tape, as told by Opta...
Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Liverpool
Mohamed Salah's second-minute penalty is the difference between the teams at the half-way point of the Champions League final in Madrid.
Eriksen strikes well over from 20 yards as two minutes of additional time is announced at the end of the first half.
Liverpool force a succession of corners, but Spurs manage to avert the danger on each occasion.
Robertson surges nearly 70 yards down the left and shoots. It's tipped over by Lloris.
Alli scampers into space in the Liverpool box, but Matip is there again with an important block.
A vital block from Matip stops Sissoko from sending Son clean through on Alisson's goal.
Salah holds off Vertonghen inside the box and shoots, but it's well over the bar.
Son breaks into space behind the Liverpool defence; thankfully, a crucial challenge from Alexander-Arnold thwarts his progress.
Spurs have grown in terms of their threat, here.
Play is halted for the moment after someone decided to run onto the pitch from the crowd.
She is removed from the field by two stewards.
Alexander-Arnold takes aim from range and skims his effort narrowly wide of the post.
01:48 – Mohamed Salah’s opener for Liverpool is the second fastest goal in a Champions League final, only behind Pa… https://t.co/4ALZfzPBIr— OptaJoe (OptaJoe) 1st Jun 19:11
Lloris claws a Liverpool corner away in a crowded six-yard box.
It goes without saying there is a hell of a long way to go in this final against an outstanding team who delivered a stunning semi-final comeback of their own.
But what a start for Liverpool.
Van Dijk rises to boom a Tottenham corner away in the middle of the box.
What a story. Salah left last year's final in tears after sustaining an injury in the first half.
He begins this one with a goal from the penalty spot with his first touch.
GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MOHAMED SALAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Salah makes no mistake from the penalty spot and the Reds have an absolute dream start in Madrid.
PENALTY TO LIVERPOOL!
Sissoko is deemed to have handballed Mane's cross inside the opening 30 seconds and the Reds have a penalty!
Here we go then...
The talking is over and the Champions League final is under way as Jordan Henderson kicks the game off.
Come on you Reds!
A minute’s applause is observed in the stadium in memory of Jose Antonio Reyes, who tragically passed away today at the age of the 35 today.
The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Jose’s family friends.
Here come the teams...
Focus. Determination. Belief. 👊 #UCLfinal kick-off is approaching. ⚽️🔴 https://t.co/DO4Gp6KvxQ— LFC (Liverpool FC (at 🏠)) 1st Jun 18:46
Actually, scrap that previous comment.
Liverpoolfc.com scribe Sam Williams has just declared: "I love Imagine Dragons, me."
More on this when we get it.
And now it's time for 'Imagine Dragons'.
The Liverpoolfc.com wouldn't have minded Dua Lipa performing once again, however, after her stunning show in Kiev.
Come on, altogether now, 'One kiss is all it takes...'
You'll Never Walk Alone booms around Estadio Metropolitano.
The names of the Liverpool starting line-up and substitutes are read out inside Estadio Metropolitano and each one is greeted with a huge cheer from the travelling Reds; however, the biggest reaction is saved for that of the name of Jürgen Klopp
Final preparations are underway 👊🔴 #UCLfinal https://t.co/9kxl6Uw0OD— LFC (Liverpool FC (at 🏠)) 1st Jun 18:35
Confirmation of history made by Trent Alexander-Arnold tonight.
The No.66 is the first ever player aged under 21 to start consecutive Champions League finals.
The Liverpool players have just emerged to conduct their pre-match warm-up and were greeted by fantastic noise from the Reds section to their right, which is already almost full.
Here's how Opta expect the sides to shape up tactically...
Behind closed doors...
Here's how our dressing room at Estadio Metropolitano is looking ahead of kick-off...
Countdown to kick-off
We're live from Estadio Metropolitano for the final build-up to the Champions League showpiece...
Harry Kane starts for Spurs in Madrid.
Tottenham: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Winks, Sissoko, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane.
The teamsheet is in and it confirms Roberto Firmino does indeed start for Liverpool in the Champions League final after overcoming a muscle issue.
Elsewhere, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Fabinho get the nod to begin in midfield, while new UEFA regulations mean 12 substitutes are named on the bench.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Subs: Mignolet, Lovren, Milner, Gomez, Sturridge, Moreno, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri, Brewster, Origi, Kelleher.
In the building
The Liverpool squad have just arrived at Estadio Metropolitano on their unmissable team coach. Klopp is first off and leads his staff and players through to the dressing room. 90 minutes to go.
And we're live...
...over on LFCTV.
Tune into our pre-match broadcast from Estadio Metropolitano now as we count down to kick-off in the Champions League final.
Click here for information on how you can tune in.
We'll also be going live on our social media channels and YouTube account at 6.45pm BST.
Don't miss it.
The man who saw them all
It's a ninth European Cup final for Liverpool tonight - and for Stephen Monaghan too. The lifelong Reds fan has seen it all in Europe and shared his memories with us ahead of yet another showpiece...
The big one
Team news coming soon
We're now about an hour away from the confirmed team news at Estadio Metropolitano, which is seeing the first fans begin to file into the stadium.
So the supporters at the Fan Park enjoyed Jamie Webster's performance earlier...
*Final weather update of the season klaxon*
And it's perhaps the most predictable entry of 2018-19.
It's hot in Madrid. Really hot.
The temperature is expected to remain in the high 20s by the time the game kicks off at 9pm local time.
Shirt and shorts weather, we're sure you'll agree.
Earlier this season
Take a look back at the highlights from those aforementioned league clashes between the Reds and Spurs this season below...
Pre-match talking points
- The Firmino factor
- Robbo and Virgil to the rescue
- Bench boost
- Spurs' shifting threat
- Central intelligence
We've taken a look back at the two Premier League meetings between the sides this season to pick out five potentially influential themes in the final - click here to read it.
Every Champions League goal so far
Enjoy all of the Reds' strikes in the competition so far this season in the compilation below...
What are the odds?
BetVictor offers the following match prices...
Liverpool - 10/11
Draw - 13/5
Tottenham - 17/5
Click here for more details.
We caught up with Reds legend John Barnes in Madrid this afternoon to get his thoughts on the fascinating match ahead...
We invited Jonathan Wilson to assess the key tactical aspects of the Champions League final and the managerial approaches of Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino - well worth a read ahead of kick-off.
An incredible YNWA
No words needed - just watch this video from the Fan Park in Madrid...
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Fan Park scenes
A 23-man squad was named for tonight's match on Friday, with Klopp permitted to select up to 12 substitutes after a change in UEFA regulations since last season.
Liverpool squad: Alexander-Arnold, Alisson, Brewster, Fabinho, Firmino, Gomez, Henderson, Kelleher, Lallana, Lovren, Mane, Matip, Mignolet, Milner, Moreno, Origi, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Robertson, Salah, Shaqiri, Sturridge, Van Dijk, Wijnaldum.
65 players have made an appearance in a European Cup final for Liverpool before tonight - try naming them all...
The manager's message
There were some rousing words from the manager at his pre-match press conference yesterday as he explained his mood on the eve of such a momentous game.
"It is a while ago we fell in love with each other and that's now how it is. We've worked together for a while and we will work together for a couple more years and everything is fine," said Klopp of his relationship with the club.
"We sit here before a Champions League final and that's - as I understand it - the biggest game in world football for clubs, so I think it's normal that I am in a good shape and a good mood.
"Even when I was unlucky, I am maybe silly enough to try it again and again and again and I don't waste time before a game being in a bad mood. As I've learned, I have enough time for that after a game! We will be there and we will try to play a very positive game."
Enjoy the latest instalment of our Inside Madrid series, which takes you on the journey the players took from Liverpool to the Spanish capital on Friday - and plenty more...
Trent: I dreamed of this
Trent Alexander-Arnold is set to feature in a second Champions League final at the age of 20 tonight and in the last of our big interviews before the game, the No.66 opened up on what it would mean to lift the trophy and his ambitions with the club.
"It's something that the whole family wanted for me and there's been a lot of sacrifices along the way," he said.
"But it was always the dream to be able to play for the club as much as possible and represent them, to win things and be a legend for the club and captain the club - and that's still the dream now, to keep going forward and build a legacy."
How we got here
Here's a reminder, in the very unlikely event you needed it, of how Liverpool made a miracle happen to reach a second successive Champions League final...
Here are some key facts and figures on tonight's match...
- Sadio Mane could become the first Liverpool player ever to score in back-to-back European Cup finals
- The Reds are unbeaten in the last five European games against English teams, winning three and drawing two
- Jordan Henderson will be the fourth player to captain an English side in two European Cup finals, after Emlyn Hughes, Steven Gerrard and John McGovern
- This is Klopp's third major European final with Liverpool - only Bob Paisley (four) has ever guided the club to more
Roberto Firmino is fit and ready to play against Spurs but Klopp was purposely coy about whether the No.9 is set to start after a spell on the sidelines...
Important note for fans
Supporters taking flags larger than 3x2m into the stadium must have fire certification and should drop them at the stadium outer perimeter gate S1 by 5pm local time.
Jürgen Klopp, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson were on the top table for Friday's pre-match press conference - catch up with everything they said to the world's media...
Three key battles
Where could this final be won and lost?
We've taken a look at three individual duels that may have a particular influence on the outcome tonight - click here to read our pre-match feature.
Tale of the tape
Twelve games each, incredible semi-final comebacks and group-stage escapes - examine all of the numbers behind Liverpool and Tottenham's run to the Champions League final below...
The King is here
Our breakfast show from Madrid is just about to get under way - and it features none other than Sir Kenny Dalglish, a man who knows a lot about winning the European Cup, having done so three times with the club.
Tune in below...
The Reds touched down in Madrid in mid-afternoon on Friday after a two-hour flight from Liverpool, and headed to Estadio Metropolitano for a training session amid the warm temperatures.
Take a look at their workout with our gallery of 62 photos below...
IT'S HERE!! MATCHDAY HAS FINALLY ARRIVED! 🙌 #UCLfinal https://t.co/TUaW48Q9r7— LFC (Liverpool FC (at 🏠)) 1st Jun 05:10
This is it
Here we are, then. After a three-week wait, Liverpool are ready to contest a ninth European Cup final - with Tottenham Hotspur their opponents in Madrid.
We'll be keeping you across all of the build-up in Spain before providing live match updates from Estadio Metropolitano and, hopefully, reaction to an incredible night.