3 reasons why Liverpool edged out Spurs in the UEFA Champions League Final
- Liverpool scored 2 goals to clinch their sixth Champions League trophy.
#2 Alisson makes crucial saves
In the summer, questions and eyebrows were raised when Liverpool forked out an eye-watering sum of 66.8 million pounds on the Brazilian keeper. But then, as has been the transfer policy under Klopp, there is no second choice. As with van Dijk, Liverpool’s management and transfer committee have backed Klopp in getting him the right individuals that he requires for developing Liverpool.
The German has been the man behind scenes to recognize the players he believes will take Liverpool to the next level and he has been vindicated by the performances of the Brazilian keeper. Be it the last gasp saves against Napoli in the group stages or the saves against Messi and Alba in the semifinals. Crucially in this game, Alisson had a defence which marshaled and shooed away the Spurs attacks with comfort. And up until the late exchanges, Spurs never had a shot that troubled Alisson.
Most importantly, the presence of the Brazilian gave the impetus to Klopp to initiate attacks from defence. The best example of that was the ball played out to Salah to set him free in the last stages of the second half. Salah had the opportunity to finish off the game but couldn’t. However, as the season has progressed one can satisfactorily say that the threat of the front three this season has been enhanced by the excellent distribution of the keeper.Published 02 Jun 2019, 23:31 IST