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Champions League Final: 3 Things to Take Away From Liverpool's 2-0 win Over Tottenham Hotspur

Liverpool lifted the Champions League trophy for the sixth time in their history by beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid. 


An early, 2nd minute penalty from Mohamed Salah and a 87th-minute goal from substitute Divock Origi ensured that the Reds would break their seven season trophy drought. While the hearts of several Spurs' fans were broken, Liverpool fans' voices soared into multiple renditions of their much-loved "You'll Never Walk Alone" anthem. 


Here are three points of note from the final:

3. An Intense But Scrappy Affair

The match's reputation certainly did not match the technique and bravery exhibited on the pitch, as both the finalists looked like they were holding back their natural game and were on caution mode all the time. 


Instead of the high press they usually employ in big games, Liverpool were happy to sit back in a compact shape, not letting space through the middle for Eriksen or the dangerous Kane to exploit. Similarly, Spurs also sat back, but gave themselves a wide shape while defending to ensure that overlapping fullbacks did not get the space they needed. 


That resulted in an eyesore of a game and a scrappy affair in general, but Liverpool got it done in the end. 

2. Alisson Reinforces Himself as the Best Player of the Tournament

Alisson was possibly the only player on the pitch to perform up to the lofty standards he had set. The Brazilian made multiple saves in the second half to keep the Reds in their narrow lead. He made a total of 8 saves, and two saves stood out, a curling shot from the dangerous Son Heung-Min and an excellent lofted header from Fernando Llorente. 


The former Roma goalkeeper, for all his Champions League heroics can be authoritatively called the best player of this tournament, with this one adding to a list of match-saving performances throughout the tournament.

1. Klopp's Tactic of Bypassing the Midfield Works...Barely

It looked like Liverpool were compulsively trying to avoid the midfield zones, as whenever they got the ball, they launched accurate long balls for their talented attackers to hold the ball up and allow runners. On the other hand, the only way they looked like they were keeping possession exclusively in the wide areas, hoping to make use of the spaces left behind by Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier. 


This meant that midfield penetration was almost at a nil, and when Pochettino switched to a front four in the second half, the midfield dropped back and acted like defenders. The Reds struggled a lot, but an 87th minute goal from Origi, an incisive finish off a set piece ensured that they brought the trophy to Merseyside.

Three things we learnt from Liverpool's 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final