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Inside Madrid: The day Liverpool won the Champions League

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 13:30

Let the final edition of Inside Madrid tell you the full story of the day Liverpool lifted the European Cup for the sixth time.

Our cameras were in Madrid to capture the build-up, action and post-match celebrations from Saturday's Champions League final with Tottenham Hotspur.

Relive an historic day in the club's history by pressing play on the video above.

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Mohamed Salah tops Liverpool scoring chart again

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 13:22

Mohamed Salah topped the Liverpool scoring chart for a second successive season after his opening goal in the Champions League final.

The Egyptian’s penalty against Tottenham Hotspur increased his tally for 2018-19 to 27 goals, one more than fellow forward Sadio Mane.

Roberto Firmino was the Reds’ third-highest goalscorer across the campaign with 16 strikes, while Divock Origi’s European Cup-clinching drive on Saturday night moved him level with James Milner on seven.

Liverpool’s 2018-19 goalscorers

Mohamed Salah – 27
Sadio Mane – 26
Roberto Firmino – 16
James Milner – 7
Divock Origi – 7
Xherdan Shaqiri – 6
Virgil van Dijk – 6
Georginio Wijnaldum – 5
Daniel Sturridge – 4
Naby Keita – 3
Own goal – 3
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 1
Fabinho – 1
Jordan Henderson – 1
Dejan Lovren – 1
Joel Matip – 1

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Video: Alisson Becker's brilliance in Champions League final

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 11:19

Alisson Becker was unbeatable in Saturday's Champions League final - and you can watch his best bits in Madrid on LFCTV GO now.

The No.13 made a series of saves in the second half against Tottenham Hotspur to preserve the Reds' lead before Divock Origi struck to clinch the club's sixth European Cup.

His performance capped off an outstanding debut season for Alisson, who ended 2018-19 with 27 clean sheets.

Watch highlights of his display at Estadio Metropolitano above.

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Champions League final media reaction: 'A special team, an incredible leader'

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 11:00

Liverpool were crowned champions of Europe for a sixth time after a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid on Saturday night.

Mohamed Salah got the Reds off to a perfect start from the penalty spot and Divock Origi came off the bench to net the second goal to clinch Champions League glory for the Reds.

Here is what the media made of the match...

James Pearce, Liverpool Echo

Doubters to believers to sky-high achievers. Liverpool are Kings of Europe once again after a night of pure ecstasy in Madrid. Just like in Kiev 12 months ago, there were tears, but this time they were of unbridled joy rather than anguish. Welcome to paradise. Ol' Big Ears is coming home to Merseyside for the sixth time. This party has started and it won't be finishing any time soon. Fourteen years after the Miracle of Istanbul, a new glorious chapter in Liverpool's history has been written. The deafening roar that accompanied the sight of captain Jordan Henderson lifting that iconic trophy to the heavens underlined the scale and the significance of the moment. No wonder amidst the wild celebrations they grabbed a beaming Jürgen Klopp and repeatedly tossed him into the air as the delirious travelling Kop paid homage to their manager. He's the man who has made their dreams and those of millions of Kopites across the globe come true. He's the class act who in four short years has transformed Liverpool from also-rans into the most feared side in Europe. This is a special team with an incredible, inspirational leader.

David Lynch, Evening Standard

For 86 minutes, this game looked to be a story of Salah and redemption. From crying in Kiev to marksman in Madrid, the Egyptian’s penalty had seemingly guaranteed him the headlines as well as the Champions League trophy. But then Origi came on in a huge game, and every Liverpool supporter in the Wanda Metropolitano probably knew what was coming. In fairness, it could so easily have been any other player taking the spotlight in Madrid. Origi and Salah aren’t the only stories in this Liverpool squad crafted by Klopp, and that is perhaps why there is so much character in this dressing room. Henderson, his name sits alongside Emyln Hughes, Phil Thompson, Graeme Souness and Steven Gerrard thanks to this victory.

Neil Jones,

On the biggest of stages, Liverpool delivered. Their special season got its special conclusion. After 14 years, the Champions League trophy is heading back to Anfield after Klopp’s side defeated Tottenham 2-0 at Madrid’s wonderful Wanda Metropolitano stadium. For Salah, this was his night of redemption, the one he’d dreamed of for a year. Devastated in Kiev, delirious in Madrid, the Egyptian’s second-minute penalty secured a sixth European Cup crown for the Reds. Origi, the hero of the semi-final, emerged from the bench to finish the job late on. The beaming Belgian was the man for the big occasion, yet again. It was by no means a classic final, but will anyone care? Liverpool are back at the top of the tree. As the famous Kop banner says, ‘Those Scousers Again’. They just can't keep their hands off that famous trophy. They had taken over the Spanish capital. Plaza Mayor, Plaza de Santa Ana and Gran Via were transformed into a red sea, sunburnt and singing. It was some sight, with the Madrid authorities estimating that around 50,000 Liverpudlians had made the journey. If anything, that seemed conservative. They’d come from far and wide, from Chile and Egypt, Croxteth and Crosby. They’d arrived by car and by train, by air and by sea. They had to be there. They’d come to party, to see their heroes crowned.

Oliver Holt, Daily Mail

The sultry heat of the evening, a second minute penalty from Salah and a late strike from substitute Origi delivered a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur and the joy the supporters craved. It also rid Klopp of the reputation of the man who always loses finals. The victory in the first all-English Champions League Final since 2008 re-established their team as one of Europe's elite and banished the pain of their defeat in the titanic Premier League battle with Manchester City when they won 97 points and still it was not enough. They had not hidden from that pain. They had held it close and embraced it and used it. The match was not a classic. In fact, it was as if both teams had spent all their energy and their taste for drama in their semi-final miracle comebacks against Barcelona and Ajax. This was Liverpool's sixth triumph in the European Cup and Champions League, a record that lifts them above Bayern Munich and Barcelona and behind only AC Milan and Real Madrid in the history of the world's leading club competition. What a tribute it was to a team's ability to bounce back.

Andy Dunn, Daily Mirror

The frustration of his losing streak ended, the ache to seal his Liverpool love affair with silver satisfied. It might be three and a half years into his tenure, but this felt like a start as well as some sort of ending - the sealing of a ­marriage. This was far from ­flamboyant, far from thrilling, but its ­significance was luminous. Klopp loves his club’s history, now he is an indelible part of it. There is no chance of Klopp being spirited away from ­Anfield. If we didn’t know ­it ­before, we do now - Liverpool is his spiritual home. This was a reward for nearly four seasons of labour and ­inspiration but it also felt like something else. It felt like the beginning of an era. The losing streak has been snapped, the trophy wait is over, a dynasty has begun.

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Jordan Henderson: We'll remember this forever

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 09:39

The memories of an historic weekend will live with Jordan Henderson forever.

After becoming the fifth Liverpool captain to lift the European Cup following Saturday’s 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid, the midfielder and his teammates paraded the trophy around the city in front of hundreds of thousands of fans on Sunday.

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Henderson is confident the triumph at Estadio Metropolitano can come to represent the starting point of a sustained period of success for the Reds.

“It was obviously emotional. We’ve come a long way as a team and had so many knock-backs,” said the skipper. “To finally get over the line is an amazing feeling, something special and one we’ll remember forever.

“It was nice to know we have come back from so many disappointments, and finally got over the line and won a big trophy. It is an amazing night and hopefully we can use this to win more in the future.

“It gives us confidence to know we can win the Champions League and together we can move forward and hopefully win more trophies as well.”

On when the scale of what this Liverpool side has already done might settle in his mind, Henderson added: “Probably it will be after I finish football, but there is still a long way to go.

“I am 28, I want to achieve a lot, keep improving as a player, I want the team to keep improving, I want to win more, that is all my focus is on now.

“That’s the idea, we hope this can give us a lot of confidence. The big trophies, the big nights. I want to enjoy this moment but also when we come back pre-season we will be focused on looking in the future.”

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Liverpool owners want to extend Jürgen Klopp's contract

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 08:50

Liverpool’s owners want Jürgen Klopp to build an Anfield dynasty after restoring the club to the pinnacle of European football and will be seeking to extend his contract in the aftermath of the club’s Champions League triumph.

Klopp joined the list of Kop immortals by securing Liverpool’s sixth European Cup, becoming the fourth Anfield manager to win the most coveted trophy in club football. 

A city-wide party first postponed after the Europa League final in 2016, then cancelled after the loss to Real Madrid last year and further delayed following the narrow Premier League loss to Manchester City, finally hit the town on Sunday.

An anticipated 500,000 lined the streets – city planners had earlier anticipated half that figure – as the open top bus parade made its way to Liverpool Pier Head where a pyrotechnic show awaited players and fans.

The owners and directors of Fenway Sports Group were present on a bus packed with players, backroom team members and executives, savouring the moment while planning ahead.

The dream is not only for Liverpool to add to their honours, but for Klopp to dedicate the peak of his coaching career to build a new era of dominance. There is no intention of seeing the win at the Wanda Metropolitano as the pinnacle of Klopp’s Liverpool reign. The prime targets remains the Premier League title he was so close to securing in 2019.

Although Klopp’s current deal still has three years left to run, that will not stop owners FSG seeking to prolong its relationship with the manager they consider the best in the world – and certainly the most suited to the Merseyside club.

Source: The Telegraph

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Liverpool set to reward Jürgen Klopp with offer of improved contract

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 08:45

Liverpool want to extend Jürgen Klopp’s contract following the Champions League triumph his players believe heralds the beginning of a glittering era under their charismatic manager.

Klopp has three years remaining on the six-year, £7m per annum contract he signed during his first summer at Liverpool in 2016 but Fenway Sports Group will look to secure the man who has transformed the club’s fortunes and give him a longer deal.

The 51-year-old German loves being the Liverpool manager and his family are happy on Merseyside.

Rewarding him with an improved contract beyond 2022 is viewed as a priority by FSG as it seeks to build on a position of strength this summer.

Klopp has dismissed talk of a contract extension in recent months, insisting he is satisfied with and committed to a seven-year stay that would match his tenures at Borussia Dortmund and Mainz.

Having secured the core of the Champions League winning squad on long-term deals, including Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino until 2023, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson until 2024, Liverpool’s owner wants to follow suit with the manager.

Source: The Guardian

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Happy birthday, Liverpool FC!

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 06:00

Liverpool Football Club officially celebrates its 127th birthday today.

On June 3, 1892, founder John Houlding received the certificate below from the Board of Trade, which ratified the formation of his brand new team to play at Anfield.

The chain of events that led to the creation of Liverpool FC had actually started three months earlier, when Houlding and his close associates split from Everton FC after an acrimonious dispute.

Left with a stadium but without a team, a new club was born.

A vision was quickly agreed upon, beginning with the mission statement: “That the club be called Liverpool Football Club and shall play under the Rules of the Football Association.”

But Houlding and his friends would have to wait until June 3 of that year for Liverpool Football Club and Athletic Grounds Company Limited to be officially recognised.

The rest, as they say, is history.

One hundred and twenty-seven years, 42 major trophies, thousands of magical moments, millions of passionate supporters around the world, one Liverpool FC.

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Victory parade gallery: Liverpool celebrate in style

Sun, 06/02/2019 - 16:45

Vast swathes of jubilant Liverpool fans lined the streets of the city on Sunday to welcome back their Champions League-winning heroes from Madrid.

Jürgen Klopp's side beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at Estadio Metropolitano on Saturday to claim the club's sixth European Cup.

The triumphant Reds embarked on an open-top bus victory parade on their return from Spain and were serenaded all along the route from Queens Drive to the Waterfront.

Our photographers were there to capture the amazing spectacle - and you can check out the best of the images in our gallery below...

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Team flight photos: Reds bring Champions League trophy home

Sun, 06/02/2019 - 14:50

Liverpool have returned to Merseyside with the Champions League trophy in hand - and our photographer captured the squad's departure from Madrid and arrival into John Lennon Airport.

The Reds will now parade the European Cup around the city of Liverpool following the 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Estadio Metropolitano.

Our photo gallery below shows the players and staff step on and off the flight as the celebrations continue.

Photos by Andrew Powell

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Watch live from 3:45pm: Champions League trophy parade

Sun, 06/02/2019 - 11:00

Watch live coverage of Jürgen Klopp's squad parading the Champions League trophy around the city of Liverpool from 3:45pm BST.

The Reds will return to Merseyside after securing the club's sixth European Cup following Saturday's 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid.

Return to this page close to the start time to watch a live stream of the celebrations via YouTube.

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Fan information: Liverpool's Champions League victory parade

Sun, 06/02/2019 - 06:00

Fans attending Liverpool FC's victory parade on Sunday after winning the Champions League should note the following information to help you plan your day and make the most of the event.

The parade is scheduled to begin at 4pm BST.

Route information

The route starts at Allerton Maze and will travel northbound on Queens Drive towards the Fiveways roundabout and Rocket flyover. From there it will journey along the following.

  • Queens Drive
  • Mill Bank
  • West Derby Road
  • Islington
  • Leeds Street
  • The Strand
  • Route finishes at Blundell Street

You can follow the progress of the team bus here.

Top tips

  • Fans should be aware that the team bus won’t be stopping, so take advantage of the full length of the route from Queens Drive all the way to The Strand.
  • Decide which part of the route you want to wait at and arrive in plenty of time.
  • Be patient – it is impossible to predict how long it will take the team bus to travel along the route.
  • There is no best place to view the parade, plan your journey ahead and pick where you would like to view the parade.

Travel information

  • Plan ahead to ensure you can get to the parade and home again.
  • If you live along or close to the route, stay local and walk or cycle. This means you can avoid a busy transport network.
  • If you have to travel, use public transport wherever possible, but consider that trains and buses will be running to a Sunday timetable with some rail services affected by engineering works, and bus services will be disrupted as a result of parade road closures. Check before you travel.
  • On the Sunday, Merseyrail will have an amended timetable in place. James St and Lime Street (low-level) stations will be closed all day, as will Green Lane, Bromborough Rake and Capenhurst on the Wirral line.
  • For passengers travelling in Liverpool city centre, Northern line trains will call at Moorfields only and Wirral line trains will call at Liverpool Central only.
  • Mersey Ferries will be running a shuttle service from 3pm, with the last service back to Seacombe at 7.30pm.
  • Visit Merseytravel or follow @merseytravel for the latest travel information.

Safety information

  • Please do not bring any flares, pyrotechnics or smoke bombs to the parade – the use of pyrotechnics poses serious risk of injury to fellow fans and serious health risks.
  • Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated – everyone wants to see the parade, please be patient and considerate of your fellow fans.

Liverpool FC would like to thank supporters in advance who show their support in a friendly, respectful and considerate manner.

If you are unable to attend the parade you can also watch it live across LFC’s official Twitter, Facebook and YouTube channels. You can also watch live coverage of the parade on LFCTV – Sky channel 425 and Virgin Media channel 544 – or on LFCTV GO. Coverage will begin at 3.45pm BST.

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Watch: Liverpool's dressing room celebrations in Madrid

Sun, 06/02/2019 - 00:56

Go inside Liverpool's unforgettable dressing-room celebrations after they won the Champions League final in Madrid with our behind-the-scenes footage.

After the Reds clinched the trophy with a 2-0 victory against Tottenham Hotspur, our cameras went inside the dressing room to capture the joyous scenes in the squad.

Take a look below...

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Jürgen Klopp's verdict on Liverpool's Champions League final win

Sun, 06/02/2019 - 00:45

Jürgen Klopp revealed his anticipation for the welcome awaiting Liverpool's European Cup-winning heroes when they return home with the trophy on Sunday.

The Reds clinched the Champions League title, the sixth of the club’s illustrious history, with a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid through goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi.

Watch: Liverpool lift the European Cup

After the incredible celebrations on the pitch at Estadio Metropolitano, the manager reflected on the achievement at his post-match press conference.

Read a summary of Klopp’s verdict on the final below…

On what made the difference in this final…

The result, obviously. We all spoke about it a lot, I played many more finals than I won, we always played better football. Tonight it was a big challenge for both teams to deal with the three-week [break] because you never have a period with three weeks and no game. So keep the rhythm or get the rhythm back actually. Then obviously it was different circumstances for two English teams, it was pretty warm. You saw it was a fight. A final is about the result and we need to make this experience a little bit longer or more often than others. Tonight the boys showed it, the resilience and everything you need to block the decisive balls.

Ali had to make a few saves, he of course played a sensational game, absolutely, he looked completely unbeatable pretty much. That helped us. [We] scored goals in the right moment. Usually I always sit here a bit earlier and have to explain how you can lose this game. This time, I don’t want to explain why we won it, I only want to enjoy that we won it. All the rest is not important. It’s for all the people around the world, in the stadium, they are with us and now celebrating like crazy. Whoever is in Liverpool tomorrow we will celebrate together and we will have a sensational night.

I feel mostly relief, to be honest, relief for my family actually because they are pretty close to me and the last six times we always flew on holiday with a silver medal, that doesn’t feel too cool. This is completely different this year. It’s for them as well, that’s great. It’s for the supporters of course, but for our owners as well because they never put real pressure on us, they appreciate the development, they see the steps we make. It’s for them as well. For the players, we were all pretty much crying on the pitch because it was so emotional, it was so big, it means so much to us.

On the other hand and I should have probably said this first of all, I know how Tottenham feel in this moment better than anybody else in the world. They played a sensational season as well and they would have deserved it as well, but tonight we scored the goals in the right moment. I told Poch already after the game that he should be really proud of what they did this year as well.

On what is the most satisfying thing about the achievement…

I’m happy for the boys. You know what people said about a couple of players of this team. Jordan Henderson is captain of the Champions League winner 2019 – that’s satisfying actually. That Millie did it at the age of 33. They are all very important. But I can say again, without Millie’s dressing-room talks before the game – with a non-native manager – I think it would not be possible. It’s so important.

All the things they did during the weeks, how they lifted when we had little downs, it’s just incredible. Tonight is really emotional, that’s my main feeling, it’s overwhelming, all that stuff. It feels really good but I’m much calmer than I thought I would be when it finally happened. It was not important to me to touch the cup or whatever. I loved the pictures when the boys had it, I loved it when I saw a few faces in the stands. That gave me everything I need. Tomorrow, going to Liverpool and having something to celebrate, that’s big and I’m really looking forward to that.

On what the win means to him personally…

We spoke two days ago about my ‘unlucky’ career somehow. When I hear it I think, ‘Yeah, people could see it like this’, but I don’t feel it, to be honest because I always see the way to a final as well because that’s of course important for me as well. I think my life is much better than I ever expected it, so winning something is good, it’s cool, but it’s for all the other people. I’m not so much in it, I’m much more really in development but I get it, we have to win things, so for us it’s really important that people don’t ask now all the time about not winning or winning things.

Now we won something and we will carry on. We want to win things, 100 per cent. I’ve said it, this is only the start for this group. It’s still a wonderful age group, they all have the best times in their careers ahead of them so that’s big. For me, I’m really happy. I have a lot of silver medals and now I have a golden one so it’ll be next to the silver medals in my house and that’s cool. But mostly I’m happy for all the other people. When you see it now in the dressing room, everybody feels it but you don’t really know what to do with it. But tomorrow I’m really sure when we drive through the city, then we all will realise what these boys have done and that’s the best moment, for sure.

On next year’s final being in Istanbul…

I told UEFA already: we will be there! Give me a few minutes! We know that sometimes we carry the burden of history and making Istanbul happen again will be a target I would say, but it will be difficult. By the way, a second ago I had Pep Guardiola on the phone because we had a physio who worked for Man City at the beginning of the season. We promised each other already that we will kick [each other’s] butts again next year. We will go for everything and we’ll see if we get something, that’s it.


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On the win being a collective effort…

That’s absolutely OK, I like that actually. So, my job is to take all the responsibility and I like that actually because it gives my players the freedom to play football. That’s how I understand it. Sometimes it would be easier to understand it in a different way but that’s how I understand it. Tonight I am so happy for the players and I’m happy really for my family, and there will be a moment when I’m overwhelmed for myself maybe. But look at my coaches, what we all did during the year to try to make the next step. So when we started in Evian in the training camp, bringing these players and knowing they need time but we had to win football games from the start, it was difficult.

But it feels so good: 97 points, now you can say it, 97 points in the league is incredible and winning the Champions League – that’s an unbelievably long way to go and we did it, that’s incredible. But after the final last year, when we came home to Liverpool, it was not cool but one of my friends is a singer and my assistant coach we sang a song: ‘We saw the European Cup, Madrid had all the luck, we swear we’ll keep on being cool, we’ll bring it back to Liverpool.’ Nobody thought in that moment it would happen. In that moment it was only to lift our mood a little bit and now it happened actually, so we have to think about what we will sing tonight because obviously it means something.

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'I'm a Liverpool lad whose dream has come true' - Players react after CL final

Sun, 06/02/2019 - 00:15

During the emotionally-charged scenes at Estadio Metropolitano that followed Liverpool's Champions League final victory, the Reds heroes tried to put into words just what it meant to win the European Cup.

Jürgen Klopp's side beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in Madrid to complete an incredible journey of redemption following defeat in last season's final in Kiev.

Afterwards, the world's media spoke to joyous members of the Liverpool squad and here are some of the best bits of what they had to say...

Trent Alexander-Arnold (BT Sport)

It's hard to put into words what has just happened, and the celebrations that will happen tonight.

The season we have had, I think we have deserved it more than any other team. The run that we have had, we have beaten everyone in our path and we have done something special again tonight.

Origi getting the late goal has finished Tottenham off. We were being dominated through parts of the game but we are a world-class side and we showed we can win any game.

When we look back on tonight we are not going to think it was a sluggish game, we are going to think we have just won the European Cup. And we have just done it for all these fans.

I'm just a normal lad from Liverpool whose dream has just come true.

Mohamed Salah (BT Sport)

Everyone did their best to win the game. It's not an individual performance for anyone. All the team were unbelievable today. Congratulations to all of us and all the fans around the world.

I sacrificed a lot in my career - especially to go [travel] from my village to Cairo to play football [when I was young]. And to be an Egyptian at this level is unbelievable for me.

I'm very happy to play a second final in a row and to play 90 minutes finally! 

Jürgen Klopp

It was an intense season with the most beautiful finish I ever could have imagined.

The final is about the result and tonight the boys showed the resilience we needed.

In the end [Alisson] had to make a few saves and looked unbeatable! I don’t want to explain why we won it, I only want to enjoy that we won it.

We'll celebrate together, we’ll have a sensational night. I feel mostly relief, relief for my family. The last six times we flew on holiday with only a silver medal - it didn’t feel too cool.

Going to Liverpool tomorrow with something to celebrate is big and I’m really looking forward to that.

Jordan Henderson (BT Sport)

Without this manager, this is impossible. You go through tough times in a season, but what he has done since coming in is unbelievable.

There's such a togetherness, he has created a special dressing room - all the praise goes to the manager.

I'm so proud to be a part of this football club and to cap it with this is so special to me.

I've had tough times but I've kept going - just as this club has. It's the best moment of my life, this is what I dreamed of since I was a kid.

It's not about me, it's not about me being captain or lifting the trophy, it's about this club, these players, this manager. Now we must keep going and kick on.

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Watch: Liverpool lift the European Cup in Madrid

Sat, 06/01/2019 - 22:55

Liverpool lifted their sixth European Cup after a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday night – and you can savour the moment in our free video now.

The Reds defeated the Londoners in the Champions League final in Madrid thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi at Estadio Metropolitano.

The final whistle sparked scenes of celebration that will forever be etched into club folklore – and which culminated in Jordan Henderson hoisting the grand trophy aloft.

Watch the moment again now – and indeed, as many times as you want – in our free video above.

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Liverpool to play Chelsea in the 2019 UEFA Super Cup

Sat, 06/01/2019 - 22:40

Liverpool will contest the 2019 UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea in Istanbul on August 14 after winning the Champions League.

The Reds defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in Madrid on Saturday to secure their place in the one-off fixture, hosted at Besiktas Park later this year.

It will be the club’s first participation in the spectacle since 2005, when Rafael Benitez's side beat CSKA Moscow 3-1 in Monaco.

Chelsea, meanwhile, booked their spot in the match by beating Arsenal 4-1 in the Europa League final earlier this week.

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Gallery: How Liverpool became European Champions

Sat, 06/01/2019 - 22:30

Jürgen Klopp's triumphant Liverpool secured the sixth European Cup in the club's history as goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi secured a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the 2018-19 Champions League final in Madrid.

Referee Damir Skomina pointed to the spot with not even 30 seconds played at Estadio Metropolitano after Moussa Sissoko handled Sadio Mane's cross, and Salah thundered his spot-kick past Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

With Tottenham threatening a late equaliser, Origi, on as a second-half substitute for Roberto Firmino, slammed in a loose ball from an 87th-minute corner to send the travelling Reds into raptures.

Check out the best photos from an amazing night in Spain in our gallery below...

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Listen live: Free Champions League final commentary from Madrid

Sat, 06/01/2019 - 19:50
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Team news: Confirmed Liverpool line-up for Champions League final

Sat, 06/01/2019 - 18:42

Roberto Firmino starts for Liverpool in the Champions League final against Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid.

The striker is fit to be named in the Reds’ XI at Estadio Metropolitano after recovering from a muscle issue that ruled him out of the last three matches.

Elsewhere, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Fabinho have been given 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.

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