By Scott Mason – @ScottMason00
Liverpool have won the European Cup for a sixth time after beating Tottenham 2-0 in the Champions League Final. Despite not playing brilliantly on the night, goals from Mo Salah and Divock Origi were enough to clinch the trophy at Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium.
Every single player on the pitch put in a magnificent performance and it is hard to pinpoint just one man of the match. However, there were players who produced decisive moments to bring ‘Ol Big Ears’ back to Merseyside.
Firstly, Mo Salah, the man who put Liverpool into the lead. The Egyptian King calmly and coolly slotted away an early penalty on one of football’s biggest stages. The forward showed no nerves when stepping up from 12 yards and his penalty was a massive moment in the Red’s victory.
Divock Origi has certainly put himself in the history books of Liverpool Football Club. The Belgian has come up with some incredible and memorable goals this season. His goal in the final was extremely important as at the time Spurs were piling the pressure on at the Liverpool goal. It relieved pressure from the Liverpool’s defence and ultimately sealed the win for Klopp’s men.
However, the man who provided the most important moments in the final for Liverpool was Alisson Becker. After last year’s goalkeeper troubles in Kiev, Jurgen Klopp went out and bought a world-class keeper in the Brazilian.
When Alisson initially joined for a world-record fee for a goalkeeper, his price tag was questioned by many football fans but after his performances throughout the season and especially in Madrid, his fee has been justified.
Alisson was arguably Liverpool’s best player on the pitch making eight saves against Spurs, the most in a final since 2004. The No. 13 – who will wear the No.1 jersey next season – is only the sixth goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in a Champions League Final. One of his best saves came when he parried Son Heung-min’s shot from outside the box before safely collecting Lucas Moura’s effort seconds later.
Every player who wore the Liverpool badge on their shirt at the Wanda Metropolitano is deserving of praise as they all worked as hard as possible to win a trophy this season. However, if the man of the match can only go to one player, it is Alisson Becker who is most deserving of it.
The Champions League is Liverpool’s first major trophy during the Jurgen Klopp era, and it will hopefully kick start and give the squad more momentum to go on and win even more competitions under the German’s management.