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Tottenham despair as Liverpool exorcise Kiev demons... relive the 2019 Champions League Final 12 months on

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Having spent a long time watching Spanish teams dominate the Champions League, in 2019 the Premier League fought back with the first all-English final for 11 years as Liverpool and Tottenham went head to head at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.

The Reds came into the match with revenge on their minds. Not exactly aimed at Spurs, but for the frustration they endured in the previous year's final, where two calamitous errors from Loris Karius handed Real Madrid a 3-1 win in Kiev.

Jurgen Klopp had something to prove too; six cup finals, six defeats. And to make matters worse, he had just watched his side earn 97 points in the Premier League and lose out on the title by just one.

As for Tottenham, their journey could only be described as a whirlwind. They looked to be heading out of the group stage, only for Inter Milan to let them off the hook, while a comfortable knockout win over Borussia Dortmund was then followed by a breathless two-legged affair against domestic rivals Manchester City.

Spurs then looked beaten by Ajax in the semi-finals, 3-0 down on aggregate with only 35 minutes of the second leg left to play in Amsterdam.

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But Lucas Moura's unforgettable hat-trick - the final strike in the sixth minute of stoppage time - that sent them to the final will surely go down in history as one of the Champions League's most dramatic moments.

Given the form of the two teams heading into the final, Liverpool were backed as favourites to clinch their sixth European title.

For Tottenham, this was a historic moment. Arguably their best-ever squad, managed by their world-class coach Mauricio Pochettino. Would they ever get a better chance of tasting European glory?

It's fair to say Harry Kane would play a big part in answering that question. After recovering from his ankle injury, the England captain was handed a start in the final ahead of Lucas.

A huge call, but few would have the nerve to leave an accomplished finisher like Kane out of the biggest game in club football.

Liverpool fans react to Mo Salah's penalty in Champions League final

It was a beautiful summer evening in Madrid, a picturesque sunset dropping behind the state-of-the-art arena hosting over 60,000 fans and two English teams ready to do battle.

Tottenham had barely removed their warm-up jackets when 23 seconds after the first whistle, they were facing heartbreak. Moussa Sissoko was adjudged to have handled in the box and Slovenian referee Damir Skomina pointed to the spot after checking with VAR.

Up stepped Mohamed Salah and the Egyptian forward never looked like missing, nestling his penalty into the inner side netting.

It was at this point that Pochettino admitted his whole gameplan had gone out the window. But it was only 1-0. If his side could eliminate a three-goal deficit against Ajax, surely one goal against Liverpool couldn't be too difficult?

And the north London side responded well, with Alisson needing to be alert to stop Spurs peppering his goal. But the indomitable Virgil van Dijk kept a jaded Kane quiet and Liverpool were quite happy to defend in numbers.

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That was until the final 10 minutes or so as Spurs gave it one last push. First, Heung-min Son stung the gloves of Alisson.

Then it was Lucas' turn to find the target after he came on as a substitute. Three minutes later, Christian Eriksen's drive was parried wide. With every failed attempt, Spurs' anguish grew and Liverpool edged closer to lifting the trophy.

With three minutes to go, Liverpool killed off the tie in ruthless fashion. Divock Origi, so often the big-game player for Klopp's side, rose to the occasion with a pinpoint finish into the far corner.

Liverpool's celebrations were wild. In contrast, Tottenham looked as if their belief had vanished.

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As the full-time whistle went in Madrid, Liverpool could celebrate vanquishing their demons from 12 months previous.

Tottenham XI: Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Winks, Sissoko; Eriksen, Dele, Son; Kane.

Liverpool XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane

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