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The interesting stats you might have missed from Liverpool’s Champions League final win v Spurs

By William Eldridge

Published: 18:13, 2 June 2019

Liverpool secured their sixth Champions League title on Saturday night as they defeated fellow Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur 2-0.

A first-half penalty from Mohamed Salah and a strike from substitute Divock Origi saw Jurgen Klopp finally win in a major final having lost in his previous six attempts.

Spurs will be disappointed that they couldn’t overcome a far from prolific Liverpool side who won their first Champions League title in 14 years.

Of course, with any final various statistics pop up that may shock, surprise and astound. Here are 15 interesting stats from the 2019 Champions League final.

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1. Egyptian first for Mo

This time last year, Salah’s Champions League heartache dominated headlines as Liverpool lost 3-1 in the 2018 final against Real Madrid, with the forward dislocating his shoulder in the first half, forcing him off the field and denying him the opportunity to earn his side top honours.

Fast forward one year and Salah can now replace those nightmares with dreams.

Within the first minute, Liverpool were awarded a penalty and Salah was given the chance to boost his side’s chances of European success. Converting his effort past Spurs ‘keeper Hugo Lloris, the Reds star became the first Egyptian to score in a Champions League final.

2. Salah can’t stop scoring

It also means Salah has become the first player to score in every round of the Champions League in a Liverpool shirt – across the past two seasons – netting in the group stages, round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and now the final.

All of them were important but none will have felt as special as his penalty kick that fired past Lloris Saturday evening.

3. Penalty kings

Liverpool have showcased some fantastic football this season but it was still a surprise when they were awarded such an early spot-kick following a Moussa Sissoko handball.

Salah’s penalty put Liverpool on the path to glory in Madrid on Saturday night but also ensured they would top – or at least, joint-top – the penalty kick table in the Champions League this season.

No other team in Europe’s greatest competition this time around were awarded more penalties than Liverpool (5) who finished joint top with FC Porto, the side they defeated convincingly in the quarter-finals.

4. Kane fails to impact

Having picked up a nasty ankle injury against Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-final first leg in April, it was asking a lot of the England international to return to action – fit and able – in time for this weekend’s final.

Alas, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino announced Kane’s return to the starting eleven just over an hour prior to kick-off, sending out the message that the forward was ready to endure more Champions League agony on Liverpool.

However, that wasn’t to be. Kane amassed just 26 touches in the entire game, well below his Champions League average of 40.08 touches per 90 minutes. With just one shot on target, Tottenham’s main man failed to impact the match as he and his loyal supporters would have anticipated.

5. Can’t keep the ball but can keep the trophy

The Reds stepped into this final knowing that they would come up against a resolute Tottenham side who have come over many obstacles to reach this stage of the competition.

Keeping possession has been a key element of Liverpool’s European success this campaign, averaging a passing accuracy of 79.91% in the knockout rounds of the competition.

However, the Reds could only muster a pass accuracy of 64.34% compared to Tottenham’s 80%. In hindsight though, we doubt those from Merseyside will truly care about this one.

6. Three bads, one fantastic

Joining Liverpool in 2015, Klopp has gone on to lose the EFL final (2016), Europa League final (2016) and last season’s Champions League final.

It has taken the former Borussia Dortmund boss four attempts to claim his first honours with Liverpool a record he is happy to get rid of.

Including his time in Germany, Klopp has now reached the Champions League final on three occasions, winning a third of them.

7. Origi matches Premier League total

Behind Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane in the Liverpool attacking pecking order, Origi knows that he isn’t first choice to start for the Reds, but that hasn’t stopped him from going down in history.

His Champions League efforts will never be forgotten, two goals in the semi-finals against Barcelona and a clincher in the final means the Belgian has netted three European goals this season.

It is the same total he has amassed in 11 Premier League outings this campaign.

8. Liverpool are the English European kings

Edging ahead of both Barcelona and Bayern Munich (both on five), Liverpool are now the third most decorated side in the competition behind Real Madrid (13) and AC Milan (7).

Also, only three teams – Madrid, Milan and Bayern – have reached more finals than the Reds who equalled Juventus’ final record of nine appearances.

The Reds have also won 46% of all European Cup finals won by English teams. Former English winners include Manchester United (3), Nottingham Forest (2), Chelsea and Aston Villa (1).

9. Daniel Sturridge wins again

Despite not making an appearance in the final, Sturridge has bagged himself yet another Champions League medal.

His last came with Chelsea in 2012, where once again he was an unused substitute in a match that resulted in him earning his first CL medal.

It means the England international is the first player to win the Champions League with two different English clubs in the Uefa Champions League era. All without breaking a sweat!

10. Not good news for newbies

Tottenham’s appearance in this season’s Champions League final was their first in their entire history, with those from north London already in dreamland prior to the start of the match.

Those dreams soon turned to despair and their hopes of taking home the trophy to England’s capital was over. It also meant that the past six first-time finalists have all lost at the last stage; Valencia 2000, Bayer Leverkusen 2002, Monaco 2004, Arsenal 2006 and Chelsea 2008 and now Spurs 2019.

11. What a nice match that was

There was no doubting the competitiveness of this year’s final with both English side’s gunning for glory but in truth, it was far from the dirtiest Champions League final we’ve ever seen.

In fact, this was the first Champions League final that didn’t produce a single card throughout the 90 minutes of action.

12. Alisson is a save machine

Signed from AS Roma last summer, Liverpool fans were hoping that the talented shot-stopper would be the answer to their problems at the back as they ventured into the 18/19 campaign.

Luckily for them, their prayers were answered. His heroics in the Champions League final against Spurs denied the Londoners a highly-sought after goal and saw him make a mighty eight saves in the match, a feat not matched since data was collected.

Going a bit further, since data was collected, no goalkeeper has made more saves (8) in a Champions League final than Alisson Becker vs. Spurs. Edwin van der Sar also managed the same number against Barcelona in 2011 but he conceded three goals.

13. The Brazilian continues nations record

Alisson is also the first goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in the final since 2010 when Julio Cesar helped Inter Milan defeat Bayern Munich 2-0 just down the road at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. Brazilian’s seem to love European Cup finals held in Madrid.

In fact, only six goalkeepers have kept a clean sheet in the Champions League final in the 21st century with 50% of them coming from Brazil!

14. Liverpool’s rock is simply unbeatable

If Alisson has been a success between the sticks – trust us, he has – then Virgil van Dijk has been a monstrous success at the heart of the Liverpool defence.

His performance in the final was beyond influential and further highlighted his importance to the side. With no Tottenham player able to bypass the Dutchman, it means no player in the entire competition was able to dribble past the 27-year-old, which at this level, is simply incredible.

15. Matip also proved his worth

Often overshadowed by his centre-back partner, Joel Matip put in a brilliant performance to keep Spurs at bay.

The Cameroon international made 14 clearances against Spurs – nine more than Van Dijk – and more than any other player in the knockout phases of this competition this season.