Trent Alexander-Arnold felt Liverpool were “dominated” for much of their Champions League final win over Tottenham Hotspur.
Jurgen Klopp’s men ran out 2-0 winners handing the club a sixth European Cup and second this century. It was redemption for last season’s 3-1 final defeat at the hands of Real Madrid in Kiev.
2019 Champions League final: Five key things to know…
- This was the seventh Champions League final to feature two clubs from the same country.
- It was the second all-English final after Manchester United v Chelsea (2008).
- Mohamed Salah scored the second-fastest goal in Champions League final history.
- Divock Origi scores 29 minutes after coming on.
- Alisson became the first goalkeeper to keep a final clean sheet since 2010.
The Reds weren’t at their usual swagger best against Spurs in Madrid and went ahead through a second-minute Mohamed Salah penalty. They kept the contest interesting before substitute Divock Origi ended the contest with three minutes remaining on the clock.
As far as Champions League finals went it would not go down as one of the most enthralling, on the count of both sides looking rusty after going three weeks since their last competitive outing. From watching on it didn’t look as if Spurs were troubling their Premier League rivals, but Alexander-Arnold – basking in the glory – felt otherwise.
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“It’s hard to even put into words what’s just happened,” he told BT Sport.
“The celebrations that are going to happen tonight. The season we’ve had we’ve deserved it more than any other team. An early goal and a late goal has finished them off.
“We’ve probably been dominated through the main part of the game, but we’ve shown we’re a world-class side and can win anyway. When we look back on tonight we’re not going to think it’s a sluggish team, we’re going to think we’ve won the European cup.
“It’s hard to think of myself as a legend. I’m just a normal lad from Liverpool whose dream’s just come true.”
Liverpool after tasting glory are not going to be standing still and like their fellow ‘top six’ rivals in the Premier League will strengthen their squad ahead of the new season. Klopp’s side came agonisingly close to ending a 29-year championship wait but lost the league by a solitary point to Manchester City.
The expectation is City and Liverpool will renew their rivalry, and battle for English football’s top crown, starting with a meeting at Wembley for the traditional August curtain-raiser. As for matters in Europe, there’s a UEFA Super Cup meeting with Europa League winners Chelsea in Istanbul on August 18 shortly after the 2018/19 Premier League season had commenced.