Champions League final: Ecstatic Jurgen Klopp pays tribute to family after Champions League win

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Jurgen Klopp lifts the Champions League trophy (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Jurgen Klopp lifts the Champions League trophy (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp thanked his family for their support after finally breaking his hex of losing finals.

Klopp, who had lost his previous five cup final appearances as a manager, finally picked up a winners medal as his Reds beat Premier League rivals Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid.

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Mohamed Salah’s second-minute penalty and substitute Divock Origi’s late strike sealed victory for Liverpool, giving their manager reason to finally celebrate a trophy with the Anfield side.

"I'm so happy for the boys, I'm so happy for all these people," Klopp told BT Sport.

"I'm so happy for my family. They suffer every year when we get to a final and lose so they deserve it more than anybody because they are so supportive.”

Despite the win and Liverpool’s overall performances over the course of the season, the final itself was a drab affair.

Chances were at a premium but Liverpool did enough to keep Spurs at bay.

"Have you ever seen a team like this? Fighting with absolutely no fuel left in the tank,” he added.

"We have a goalkeeper who makes difficult things look easy

"This really is the best night of our lives professionally."

Mohamed Salah's penalty gives Liverpool the lead in Madrid (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Mohamed Salah's penalty gives Liverpool the lead in Madrid (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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Following defeat in last year’s final to Real Madrid, goal hero Mohamed Salah was happy to make amends - especially having gone off injured early in the game 12 months prior.

"Everyone is happy now to win a final. I'm very glad to play a second final in a row and play 90 minutes finally," Salah said.

"Everyone did their best to win the game. All the team were unbelievable today.

"So congratulations to all of us and all our fans around the world."

An emotional Jordan Henderson spoke of his pride of leading the Reds to their sixth European crown.

"I'm so proud to be part of this football club. I've been here a long time now,” he told the broadcasters.

"There's been tough times, It's been difficult throughout my career but I kept going, just like this team has kept going.

"When you have moments like this, this is what you do it for.

“This is the best moment of my life apart from my children. This is what I've dreamt of since I was a kid."


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