LONDON – Liverpool’s sixth UEFA Champions League title after a 2-0 victory over Tottenham has dominated Sunday’s sporting headlines in the British press.
The Sunday Times called Liverpool “Kings of Europe,” highlighting that the fans of the victorious side celebrated on the streets of Madrid, where the Champions League final took place on Saturday.
The newspaper added that the team from North West England continued to win the most important titles throughout different ages and generations, ensuring German coach Jürgen Klopp was enshrined as one of the club’s great managers.
Liverpool lifted the European cup after forward Mohamed Salah converted a penalty in the opening minutes and Divock Origi added a late goal in the 87th minute.
British newspaper The Guardian said that “Liverpool’s win is culmination of Klopp’s inclusive project.”
The Guardian added that Klopp fulfilled his promise of delivering a title to the English side within four years when he was hired Liverpool manager in October 2015.
The Independent said that neither side played to its best in the final of Europe’s elite club competition.
The newspaper said the match developed at a very slow pace almost as if the players were walking, especially Tottenham forward Harry Kane.
Meanwhile, the Mirror highlighted that the Anfield side’s “excellent season came to an unforgettable conclusion as Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi fired Jürgen Klopp’s men to Champions League glory against Tottenham.”
This year’s victory helped in leaving the defeat in 2018 Champions League to Real Madrid in Kiev behind, the Mirror added.
The Reds became the first Premier League side to capture Europe’s most prestigious annual club tournament since Chelsea in 2012, while the match was the first all-English Champions League final since 2008, when Manchester United beat Chelsea.
Liverpool’s title snapped a five-year run of Champions League crowns won by Spanish teams (four by Real Madrid and one by FC Barcelona) and also ended Klopp’s streak of seven straight losses in finals dating back to Borussia Dortmund’s defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in the 2013 Champions final.