Liverpool became the Champions of Europe and finally claimed the first trophy of the Jurgen Klopp era by beating Spurs 2-0 tonight in Madrid.
In all honesty, it was a game severely lacking in quality and it was not a final that will live long in collective memory, although we doubt Liverpool fans will care too much. Here’s how the players rated…
Probably should have made all the saves he did, but his handling was excellent throughout and played one sumptuous volleyed pass to set Salah free.
Renowned for his ability going forward, tonight the young right-back stepped up to the plate defensively, twice making crucial interceptions against Son and Alli.
Commanding in the air and showed a decent range of passing on a couple of occasions.
Van Dijk 9 (MOTM)
Immense as usual, won his individual battle with Kane and showed his strength and pace to deny Son late on.
Another excellent display by the Scotland international, who now deserves to be called world class. Very hard to find a weakness in his game.
Like all the other Liverpool midfielders, worked tirelessly, even if he failed to impact the game much in terms of possession.
Showed good reading of the game to block off the supply line to Spurs attackers. Put in a massive shift for his side.
Probably the only Reds midfielder who got his foot on the ball regularly and when he does he so rarely coughs up possession.
Scored the early penalty, although like so many of the other attackers on the pitch tonight, strangely lacked quality in the final third.
Clearly not 100%, so was unable to affect the game as he normally does, hooked just before the hour mark.
Started really brightly and won the penalty. Showed good movement on several occassions to get in behind Spurs right-back Trippier.
Went agonizingly close to scoring, and covered a huge amount of ground trying to snuff out Spurs attacks.
The man, the myth, the legend. After his two goals in the epic comeback against Barca, the Belgian came off the bench to seal the win with a well taken left-footed finish.
For a ‘keeper with such a great record at saving pens, he’ll be bitterly disappointed he didn’t keep out Salah’s effort.
Looked unsure of himself defensively and even his trademark crossing ability wasn’t up to normal standards.
Played some lovely diagonal balls, and dealt with anything that came his way in a composed manner.
Salah made life uncomfortable for the Belgian at times, but all in all a predictably solid showing.
Spurs’ best player. Bombed up and down the left with real quality and power throughout.
Once again showed how important he is to this Spurs side. Has been one of the stars of his sides run to the final and tonight he put in another industrious performance.
Excellent considering he hasn’t played in three months, showed superb close control and awareness to evade Liverpool’s press at times.
Sadly for the talented playmaker, the game seemed to pass him by and he seemed uncharacteristically unsure of himself when in the final third.
Can’t fault his effort, but this was another below-par performance by a player who’s levels have dropped significantly this season.
Son Heung-Min 6
Full of energy, although the South Korean seemed to lack belief several times when in good attacking positions.
Spurs talisman was always going to be lacking match sharpness and going up against VVD when not fully fit is no easy task.
Lucas Moura 6
Must have been gutted to start on the bench after his hat-trick heroics in the semi, missed one good chance from 12 yards out after his introduction.
A poor man’s Sissoko.