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Liverpool erased the disappointment of last season’s Champions League final loss to Real Madrid by claiming the trophy for the sixth time with victory over Tottenham in Madrid.

It was Mohamed Salah, such a disconsolate figure when he was injured early in that loss, who set Liverpool on their way with a penalty after two minutes when Moussa Sissoko was contentiously punished for handball.

It was a final that rarely touched the heights of the blockbuster semi-finals that made this an all-Premier League Champions League showpiece.

Spurs had their chances but were denied by Liverpool keeper Alisson, who saved well from Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Christian Eriksen.

And their failure to capitalise was ruthlessly punished when substitute Divock Origi ensured manager Jurgen Klopp won his first trophy as Liverpool manager by driving low and powerfully past Hugo Lloris with three minutes left.

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Spurs counterpart Mauricio Pochettino took the gamble of playing England captain and main striker Harry Kane.

The striker has not played since April because of an ankle injury.

Mohamed Salah (15) is Liverpool’s second highest Champions League scorer behind Steven Gerrard (21)

He replaced semi-final hat-trick hero Lucas Moura, but he had no impact.

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Liverpool lifted the trophy that was taken from their grasp in Ukraine last season and now stand behind only Real Madrid and AC Milan as serial winners of this tournament.

There was huge celebration among players, management and the red wave of supporters in Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

 

 

Source: BBC

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