Tottenham vs Liverpool PLAYER RATINGS: Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson excel as Harry Kane and Dele Alli struggle to make impact
- Liverpool defeated Tottenham 2-0 to win the Champions League final in Madrid
- Mohamed Salah’s early penalty and Divock Origi’s late second sealed victory
- Liverpool’s wing-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson excelled
- Sadio Mane was sharp up front while keeper Alisson pulled off important saves
- Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko conceded the early spot-kick with a handball
- Harry Kane was largely anonymous in attack and Dele Alli also struggled
Liverpool won the Champions League for the sixth time in their history thanks to Mohamed Salah’s second-minute penalty and Divock Origi’s late second.
They struck the decisive blows in the final despite Tottenham creating most of the chances in the second-half.
Sportsmail’s PETE JENSON was at the Wanda Metropolitano to rate each of those players involved in the final.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson lifts the European Cup after their win over Tottenham
Hugo Lloris – 6
Handling wasn’t always the best and he gave away an unnecessary corner in the first half but he tipped over Andrew Robertson’s well-struck shot to prevent Liverpool doubling lead.
Kieran Trippier – 6
Unsettled by Sadio Mane running in behind him from the first kick. Responded aggressively but with so much to do defensively couldn’t get forward where Spurs desperately missed his quality delivery.
Kieran Trippier had too much on his plate defensively to help Tottenham going forward
Toby Alderweireld – 6.5
Tried to get Tottenham playing out from the back and one long pass found Son but struggled with the midfield so swamped in front of him.
Jan Vertonghen – 7
Played one very special long ball to Trippier in the first half and another fine diagonal to Rose. When Tottenham were ragged and had to play long his distribution was good.
Danny Rose – 6.5
Like Trippier on the other side his forward raids were limited and when he did get forward the move broke down when he put the ball behind Son. Was better in the second half carrying the fight to Liverpool.
Danny Rose was limited in opportunities to push forward but improved in the second-half
Moussa Sissoko – 5.5
Maybe Mane did just blast the ball at his extended arm in the area but it was still naive to spread himself that way in the area. He never lost his head afterwards but neither was he able to get the team playing.
Harry Winks – 5.5
Picked ahead of Victor Wanyama for his ability to keep the ball and build the play but couldn’t impose himself and was taken off in the second half with Pochettino moving Eriksen back in an effort to get Tottenham playing.
Harry Winks couldn’t impose himself in the midfield battle and was removed after half-time
Christian Eriksen – 7
Tried to drift in off the right and feed Son and midway through the first half it worked when he threaded one pass through. Blazed over from edge of area. Dropped back when Winks went off. Not the worst but Madrid won’t be breaking the door down.
Dele Alli – 6
Wasted one break with an over-hit pass to Son that ran straight to Alisson. Failed to link up with Kane or run in behind Liverpool’s defence in the first half. Improved but one dinked shot was closest he came.
Dele Alli battles with Trent Alexander-Arnold as Tottenham try to fight back in the game
Worked hard with diagonal runs across the Liverpool defence but it wasn’t his night. Missed a chance when put through by Eriksen. Looked most likely to unsettle Liverpool. 6.5
Questions will be asked about his fitness but most of Tottenham’s moves broke down long before the ball got anywhere near Kane. Tough to come back from nine games out and take the final by the scruff of the neck. 6
Harry Kane struggled to make much of an impression following his return from injury
Lucas Moura (for Harry Winks 66mins) 6.5
Eric Dier (for Moussa Sissoko 74mins)
Fernando Llorente (for Dele Alli 82mins)
SUBSTITUTES NOT USED
Michel Vorm (GK), Paulo Gazzaniga (GK); Davinson Sanchez, Erik Lamela, Victor Wanyama, Kyle Walker-Peters, Juan Foyth, Serge Aurier, Ben Davies
Tried to inspire from his technical area as Tottenham folded early on. Perhaps delayed too long in bringing on Fernando Llorente. Will argue reaching final still an incredible achievement. 6.5
It wasn’t Mauricio Pochettino’s night as his Tottenham side went down 2-0 to Liverpool
Handled well but rarely tested in first half. Far busier in the second half and stepped up. Saved well from Moura, Kane, Eriksen and Son late on. 8
Alisson makes an excellent diving save – one of several top class stops in the second-half
Sent one first-half shot fizzing wide. The game was never too big for him as influenced things at both ends of the pitch. Threatened far more than the Tottenham full-backs. 8
Trent Alexander-Arnold had an excellent evening, influencing events at both ends of the pitch
Almost booked for hacking down Kane but generally measured and distribution was good. If Klopp had any doubts about picking him ahead of Gomez they soon faded. 7
Virgil van Dijk
One long pass straight out of play earlier on was out of character. Generally bossed a blunt Tottenham attack in the first half and rose to the challenge when they improved second half. 7
Immense once more. Was lucky to avoid yellow for clipping Trippier around the face but another game when he looked Europe’s best left-back. Got forward to fire one shot which Lloris tipped the ball just over. 8.5 star man
Andrew Robertson was outstanding in the final and proved himself a top class left-back
Inside 20 seconds he’d played his first positive accurate forward pass and the penalty came from it. Captain’s performance even getting under Pochettino’s skin when the Tottenham coach lost his temper for a Robertson foul. 6
Helped nullify the threat of Dele Alli and Eriksen between the lines. Not the same drive in the 30 degree heat that we saw against Barcelona but it wasn’t needed. 6
Fabinho goes up against Harry Kane – he successfully nullified some of the Tottenham threat
No goal heroics this time and was replaced by Milner on the hour. Another on display who was not at his best for final but they’ll never forget he got them there. 6
The way he bounced on the balls of his feet a couple of time before smashing the penalty past Lloris in front of the Tottenham fans suggested he was determined to have a much better night than 12 months ago in Kiev and so it proved. 7
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp congratulates goalscorer Mohamed Salah after the game
Didn’t sparkle in an attack sense but worked hard to come out close down Winks when he tried to play the ball out from the back. Not at his best though and replaced by Origi early in the second half. 6
Intensity from first minute as he cleverly won the penalty. A nightmare for Trippier and also found time to make diagonal runs and bother Tottenham centre-backs. A fine finale to an superb season. 8
Sadio Mane proved himself a nightmare for the Spurs defence during a dynamic performance
Divock Origi (for Roberto Firmino 58mins) 7
James Milner (for Georginio Wijnaldum 62mins) 6.5
Joe Gomez (for Sadio Mane 90mins)
SUBSTITUTES NOT USED
Simon Mignolet (GK), Caoimhin Kelleher (GK); Dejan Lovren, Daniel Sturridge, Alberto Moreno, Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xherdan Shaqiri, Rhian Brewster
Spotted weakest links early in the second half taking off Wijnaldum and Firmino. Had worked his motivational miracle at Anfield, this was easier. 7
Jurgen Klopp kept his eyes on the prize and his game plan was enough to beat Tottenham
Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
Got the penalty right. And spoke to Pochettino calmly at length in first half. Kept his cards in his pockets. 6
Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko watches on in disbelief as Damir Skomina points to the spot
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