How Liverpool fans celebrated their victory at Heineken UCL final after party

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At the blast of the final whistle which brought the 2018/2019 UEFA Champions League to an end, fans of Liverpool Football Club erupted in volcanic excitement as their team clinched the coveted trophy for the sixth time in their history.

Prior to the final which was held at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, Liverpool last won the coveted trophy in 2005 where they beat AC Milan on penalties in the finals at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul after a dramatic comeback from 3 goals down at half-time.

In the 2018/2019 season, Liverpool enjoyed an excellent campaign but winning the Champions League was their only hope of any silverware in a season they were exceptionally good; that hope was almost lost, but for an unprecedented Semi-final comeback to defeat Spanish side, Barcelona by 4-0 goals at Anfield after trailing 0 – 3 from at Camp Nou a fortnight before.

With their confidence now at an all-time high, Liverpool faced an equally pumped up Tottenham side that also qualified ahead of Ajax FC after trailing by a lone goal from a home defeat from the first leg, setting up the all English finals.

A penalty within the first minute of the game served as the perfect start for Liverpool after a low cross by Sadio Mane struck the outstretched arm of Moussa Sissoko inside the 18-yard box. The spot kick converted by Mohammed Salah turned the whole atmosphere at the Heineken House into a frenzy as Liverpool fans vigorously celebrated their early lead. The first half ended with Liverpool at an advantage as both teams battled to take full control of the game.

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Salah, Origi inspire Liverpool to Champions League victory

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Liverpool have won the Champions League final against Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid, thanks to an early goal from Mohamed Salah and a late one from Divock Origi.

Liverpool took the lead immediately, Salah converting the penalty after Moussa Sissoko was penalised for handball. Sadio Mané’s cross struck first the chest of the France midfielder and then his right arm, which was out in front of him, pointing. The referee, Damir Skomina, pointed to the spot after only 22 seconds. Salah struck the ball just off centre to Hugo Lloris’s left. The goalkeeper went the right way but the shot had far too much power

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Updated: Liverpool smash Tottenham to win sixth Champions League title

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Liverpool defeated Tottenham 2-0 to win their sixth Champions League title in Madrid, thanks to an early goal from Mohamed Salah and late goal from Divock Origi.

Less than two minutes of play, Salah smashed in his spot-kick after Moussa Sissoko had been penalised for handball in the area.

Sadio Mané’s cross struck first the chest of the France midfielder and then his right arm, which was out in front of him, pointing. The referee, Damir Skomina, pointed to the spot after only 22 seconds. Salah struck the ball just off centre to Hugo Lloris’s left. The goalkeeper went the right way but the shot had far too much power.

The win at the Wanda Metropolitano was sweet redemption for Salah and especially Klopp, who had suffered defeat in his last six major finals, including Champions League showpieces with Borussia Dortmund in 2013 and Liverpool last year.

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

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

His opposite number Mauricio Pochettino praised his team’s determined efforts to get themselves back into the game.

“We were fighting, and we played so well in the second half. I feel so proud, a little bit unlucky. To be 1-0 down from the start was tough, we changed our plans but we are very proud of these players and these fans. We can be optimistic.”

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UEFA Champions League final: 5 things to expect as Liverpool battle Tottenham

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After months of upsets, drama and nailbiting moments, the European soccer season comes to a climax with the UEFA Champions League final this Saturday, taking place in the city of Madrid.

Last season runners-up, Liverpool take on Tottenham Hotspurs in an all-English cracker at the famous Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

Tottenham are in their first ever Champions League final while Liverpool are last season’s runners-up and will be hoping to clinch their sixth European title.

Both teams mounted spectacular semi-final comebacks to reach the final, each recovering from three goals down.

While Liverpool won 4-0 in their second leg against Barcelona at Anfield to progress 4-3 on aggregate, Lucas Moura’s second-half hat-trick at the Johan Cruyff Arena gave Spurs a 3-2 victory at Ajax, and an away-goals success.

In terms of head-to-head, Tottenham and Liverpool have met in 170 previous matches across all competitions. However, the Reds have dominated the rivalry, claiming 79 wins compared to 48 for Spurs, while 43 matches have been drawn.

Here we analyze the possible outcomes from this weekend’s UEFA Champions League final.

Sixth European Cup for Liverpool

 Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side are bidding to win their sixth European Cup and the first since the unforgettable night in Istanbul in 2005. Should they triumph, Liverpool will go above Bayern Munich and Barcelona on the list of winners, behind only AC Milan with 7 wins and Real Madrid holding 13 wins.

Harry Kane Absence

Tottenham will be without their star player Harry Kane. The England captain has not played since an ankle ligament injury suffered against Manchester City on April 9.  Whether he will be ready to start in a game of such intensity is another matter. Spurs manager, Mauricio Pochettino, says it is a decision he is giving a … Read More...

X-raying FC Liverpool’s 2018 financial status

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Liverpool FC released their 2018 financial results recently with record profits, growing revenue and a competitive wage structure were all reasons for Liverpool fans to get excited. Among all this excitement the composition of their revenue went under the radar.

 

 

Half of the club revenue came from TV money and prize money, which shows success in a season, but its something that can be relied upon each year. Unless your Real Madrid or Barcelona, Champions League finals/trophies are a rare occurrence due to the strength of the competing rivals.

Liverpool’s revenue also came from matchday earnings, which has remained fairly stable, but is increasing as the capacity of Anfield increases.

This leaves around a third of Liverpool’s revenue being from commercial revenue. Commercial revenue is made up of sponsorship deals and merchandise sales. This is the area where Liverpool are below Europe’s top table and an area that has significant room for improvement.

The Problem

 

 

The graphs above shows the potential Liverpool have to grow this area of revenue and boost income significantly to boost their financial muscle. Liverpool’s commercial revenue is the 8th highest in Europe according to Deloitte and is less than half the amount Real Madrid command. Although no one is saying Liverpool are as big a club as Real Madrid, the difference is much bigger than it should be.

Liverpool lag compared to their rivals in Manchester significantly too, by more than £100m in Manchester United’s case. This gap needs to shrink if Liverpool are serious about mixing with Europe’s finest.

 

 

The reason Liverpool have so much potential and are currently under achieving when it comes to commercial revenue is the growth the club has experienced in popularity and appeal worldwide under Klopp.

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