Football

Reds revel in night of redemption

Liverpool's players rejoice after making up for last year's final defeat in Kiev

Mohamed Salah expressed his delight at playing a full role in Liverpool’s 2-0 Champions League final victory over Tottenham on Sunday morning (June 2, Singapore time), after injury ruined his night against Real Madrid a year ago.

The Egyptian went off injured and in tears during the first half of last year’s final after hurting his shoulder during the 3-1 loss to Real.

“Everyone is happy now, I am glad to play the second final in a row and play 90 minutes finally,” Salah told BT Sport.

“Everyone did his best today, no great individual performances today, all the team was unbelievable.”

Salah scored the second quickest goal in the final of the modern Champions League, blasting home a penalty less than two minutes into the match following a handball by Moussa Sissoko.

“I have sacrificed a lot for my career, to come from a village to go to Cairo, and to be an Egyptian at this level is unbelievable for me,” said Salah.

Divock Origi, who scored the winning goal against Barcelona in Liverpool’s remarkable semi-final comeback, sealed victory three minutes from time with a superb low finish.

“This is a moment I’ll never forget, it’s a great moment for the club and for the city,” Origi told BFM.

Meanwhile, coach Juergen Klopp lauded the best night of their professional lives.

“I am so happy for the boys all these people, and my family. They suffer for me, they deserve it more than anybody," he said.

“Did you ever see a team like this, fighting with no fuel in the tank? And we have a keeper who makes difficult things look easy. It is the best night of our professional lives.

“It took a while, it is important for our development and improvement, This little mark helps a lot, now we can carry on." – REUTERS

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