MANILA, Philippines – Liverpool is home to the kings of European football once again.
After blanking Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the 2019 UEFA Champions League final, here are some numbers about Liverpool’s first win in the top-flight league in 14 years:
This is the sixth time Liverpool won the Champions League or European Cup.
Jurgen Klopp ended Anfield’s title drought in the top-flight league for the first time since 2005 when Liverpool won over AC Milan on penalties.
Klopp also ended his run of 6 consecutive defeats in the finals of major competitions ever since he joined the club in 2015.
“Egyptian King” Mohamed Salah finished as Liverpool’s best scorer as he netted 5 goals in this year’s Champions League.
This includes the star forward’s final opening goal off a penalty (2′) for Liverpool’s early lead.
This was Salah’s grand comeback after succumbing to a shoulder injury in last year’s Champion’s League final against a Cristiano Ronaldo-led Real Madrid.
Klopp is fourth Liverpool manager to win the Champions League.
In 1977, Bob Paisley led the club to its first European Cup trophy and went on to win two more in 1978 and 1981 before he retired.
His assistant Joe Fagan took over in 1983 and mentored another champion squad within first year at the head coach post.
After 16 years, Rafael Benitez brought Liverpool back to the Champions League final in his first season in charge where the Reds won over Milan on penalties.
Divock Origi scored all 3 of his shots in the Champions League.
The Belgian international came in for Roberto Firmino in the 60th minute of the game and provided fresh legs to Liverpool’s attacking third.
Origi then netted the dagger in the 87th minute that sealed Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Totthenham.