More than two weeks have passed since THAT night in Madrid where Liverpool were crowned champions of Europe for the sixth time. Perhaps it’s time for some Champions League reflections…
With the dust only just settling around Liverpool’s spectacular journey, Sam Patterson (@sam0007ster) asked a couple of LFC Transfer Room writers to give their thoughts on what was a huge night for the football club after so many years of hurt.
Andrew Hormiz (@Hormiz_LFC)
I’ve been told by neutrals that the game was a bit boring but after letting it all sink in, I 100% believe that it was, by design, masterminded by Jürgen Klopp.
During Liverpool’s warm weather training camp before the final, Klopp and his staff decided to play a friendly against Benfica’s youth side because the Portuguese youngsters were said to have a ‘similar style of play’ to Pochettino’s men.
During that match, Sadio Mané scored a goal after a ball was floated over a high defensive line. Fast forward to the final and just a few seconds after kick-off Mané won a penalty after a ball was floated over a high defensive line.
After Salah slotted home his penalty I’m sure Klopp already saw the finish line. He trusted arguably Europe’s best defence to keep it tight and frustrate – which they did. Until the last 10 minutes, Spurs created very little.
A special mention, of course, has to go to Alisson. Last year the keeper lost the final, this year the keeper won it.
So now, what’s next? Honesty who knows. I’m not too worried about next season right now. I’m enjoying the break of consent stress and soaking it all in. But with Liverpool being in seven competitions next season, Klopp will have to bolster his squad.
Another attacker is surely at the top of the list, but apart from that, not much is needed. Klopp has built a fantastic squad which only needs fine tuning. We’ll see two, maybe three signings, two of which will be a backup goalkeeper and left back.
And who will come in? Again, who knows. Klopp and his staff have earned everyone’s trust in terms of transfers.
The future looks bright for Liverpool. A young squad, best players tied down and with Klopp at the helm the sky’s the limit. This side got 97 points last season and have just come off back to back Champions League finals. There will be plenty more success in the near future. Fun times are ahead.
Tommy Lister (@TLister77)
June 1, 2019. That day has got to be the best day of my life so far. Why? Because Liverpool became champions of Europe and it means the world to me, that’s why.
I’ve constantly heard stories of the most magical and miraculous night in football – Istanbul. As amazing as it is to be a supporter of the club who achieved this, it’s slightly different for someone my age (18 years) who has no recollection of that famous night (although that has never stopped me going on about it as if I actually played myself).
Last year in Kyiv, after the heartbreak of Basel, as well as other cup final defeats previously, I thought I would finally get to celebrate being European champions. Sadly, it wasn’t meant to be.
All that, coupled with the fact we fell just short in the league this year, the bitter taste of being runners up was becoming all too familiar.
Ahead of the final in Madrid I really did feel it was make or break. As Klopp said himself, we are “mentality monsters” but it would surely have been incredibly tough to pick ourselves back up if we fell short again. Thankfully, we returned to Liverpool as champions this time.
The win also ensured I didn’t have to travel 25+ hours on a coach back from Madrid distraught, which was an added bonus.
I really think this is just the start. The Reds are competing for seven trophies next season – SEVEN – so I certainly expect Klopp to add a few more honours to his name, most importantly the Premier League (fingers crossed).
I still think a few tweaks here and there will be important. Ox returning to fitness and Keita finding form means I think we won’t need a player of Fekir’s ilk. However, I do think we need a backup fullback to cover Robertson, a backup goalkeeper for the inevitably departing Mignolet, and at least one versatile forward to rotate and compete with the front three.
Up the six times Reds.