Champions League 2018-19 final: 5 reasons why Tottenham lost to Liverpool
For the second time in Champions League history, two English clubs clashed in the showpiece event of Europe's biggest club competition, as Liverpool and Tottenham battled it out for continental glory.
Both sides had shown great tenacity and desire to get here, posting some impressive results in their respective journeys to the final, none moreso than in their semifinal clashes where they each came back from seemingly unsurmountable deficits to progress.
While the final might not have lived up to its pre-match expectation, Liverpool fans would not really care, as their side ran out 2-0 winners to make it six European Cups in total for them, while Spurs would have to wait longer for their first Champions League title.
In this piece, we shall be highlighting five reasons why Liverpool defeated Tottenham in the 2018/2019 Champions League final.
#5 Their big names failed to show up
Tottenham deserve immense praise for how far they have come in recent years, growing from top four hopefuls into Premier League and Champions League contenders.
The club infamously became the first Premier League side not to make a summer signing during the transfer window last year and they towed that line once more by failing to bring anyone in January.
Rather than towing the path of most other teams, their progress has rather been founded on a core of young players who have been together for the last few years, being molded into a compact and well drilled team.
Hitherto unknown players Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli have all been transformed into world beaters who can hold their own against the best in the world and on their day, Tottenham can fancy their chances against anyone.
The biggest games are where the biggest players take center stage, rising to the occasion to drag their team over the line, but in this regard, Tottenham's players went woefully missing.
Of all their star names, only Heung-Min Son can genuinely claim to have made an impact in the match, while Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli were nothing more than spectators, failing to offer any attacking impetus.
On the biggest night in Tottenham's history, the club needed its star players to show up, but this did not happen and was the major reason why Tottenham lost the match against Liverpool.