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The Champions League final caps the end of the 2018-19 season for both teams. The two sides will return to the competition next term, where Liverpool will look to reach the final for the third year on the bounce. Tottenham have to try to take a page out of the Reds' book after losing in the final by returning to win the European crown next year.
LIVERPOOL WIN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE! The Reds claim the European crown for the sixth time in their history, putting the disappointment of their defeat to Real Madrid last season behind them. It was not a classic performance from Jurgen Klopp's men this evening, but they have been good enough to beat Tottenham. Mohamed Salah put Liverpool ahead in the second minute, converting from the spot after Moussa Sissoko was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box. Spurs held their own, but lacked a cutting edge in the final third as Harry Kane was not up to speed on his return from injury. They began to apply pressure late in the game, but it was not enough to force the issue. Divock Origi put the game to bed three minutes from time, finishing sweetly on his left foot into the bottom corner. The experience of the Reds made the difference, allowing them to lift the European title for the first time since 2005.
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FULL-TIME: TOTTENHAM 0-2 LIVERPOOL
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Kane bundles his way between two Liverpool defenders before going for a strike at goal. However, he hammers his shot straight at Alisson.
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SAVE! Kane works the ball into the path of Son, who goes for a strike on his left foot. Alisson does well to get down to palm the ball wide of the post.
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Kane charges into the left inside channel and gets barged off the ball fairly by Matip. The referee is not interested in his appeal for a penalty.
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Origi is only the second Belgian player to score in a Champions League/European Cup final, after Yannick Carrasco for Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid in 2016.
Mane makes way for the closing stages to be replaced by Gomez.
Matip works the ball to Origi after Vertonghen fails to clear his lines, allowing the Belgian to finish.
GOALLLLLLLLLLL!!!! ORIGI MAKES IT TWO!!!! 2-0 LIVERPOOL!!! The Reds are surely on their way to their sixth European crown. Tottenham fail to clear their lines from the corner as Vertonghen miscues his header. Matip is able to work the ball into the path of Origi in the left inside channel. The Belgian takes a strike on his left foot, expertly placing his effort past Lloris into the bottom corner. The Liverpool fans erupt in the stands.
Rose has to head behind under pressure from a deep cross from Robertson, guiding the ball away from Salah.
CHANCE! Trippier whips the resulting corner in from the right flank and Origi misses his clearing header. Lucas has a free header at goal, but he fails to connect cleanly, spurning the opening. The ball hits Son, who is in an offside position, who guides his attempt over the bar.
SAVE! Eriksen tries to bend his strike into the top corner, but Alisson gets across to palm it behind for a corner. A vital stop from the Brazilian.
Milner catches Rose right on the edge of the box and the referee awards Tottenham a free-kick in a dangerous position. Eriksen lines up the set-piece on the left corner of the area.
Pochettino makes his final change of normal time, replacing Alli with Llorente.
Tottenham are running out of time to find an equaliser. They've got to force the issue now.
SAVES! Alisson keeps Liverpool ahead, producing two fine stops to deny Tottenham. Son weaves his way into space 25 yards from goal before he strikes a right-footed effort towards the target. Alisson gets across to make the stop, pushing the ball away. Rose keeps the attack alive working an offload towards Lucas, but a toe-poke from the forward is saved by the Liverpool keeper.
Alli rises to head at goal from a cross from Trippier, but he heads his attempt over the bar. It would not have counted anyway as the midfielder was adjudged to have fouled Matip.
Spurs' first shot on target in this game came in the 73rd minute through Alli.
Liverpool have to repel two crosses from the left flank and another low strike from Kane before they are able to their clear their lines.
CHALLENGE! Van Dijk makes a vital challenge at the back to stop Son's surge through the middle. The winger runs through the Liverpool defence and was just about to pull the trigger, only to be denied by the boot of the Dutchman touching the ball behind for a corner.
Dier replaces the ailing Sissoko, who appeared to be struggling after making his saving challenge.
Spurs open up Liverpool through the middle of the pitch as Kane combines with Son. The South Korean offloads on the edge of the box to Alli, who curls for the curler, but his effort lacks power and is saved with ease by Alisson.
Salah surges into space down the right flank and he cuts the ball back into the middle. Mane charges to make contact, but Sissoko makes a vital intervention to stop the strike.
Trippier is played into acres of space down the right flank by Eriksen. Kane makes the run to the near post, but the ball goes to the back, missing the forward. Rose collects and sees his cross evade his team-mates. Trippier tries again on the right, but on this occasion Alisson claims the ball.
CHANCE! Milner comes within inches of doubling Liverpool's lead. Mane surges at the Tottenham defence before offloading towards Salah. The forward in turn plays it to Milner on the edge of the box, who goes for a strike with his left foot, which creeps inches wide of the post with Lloris stranded.
Alexander-Arnold threatens down the right flank and searches for the early ball to Origi, but Alderweireld reacts to head behind.
Pochettino withdraws Winks from the action, although he has been Spurs' best player this evening. Tottenham need to be more direct in front of goal and Lucas provides the threat.
Klopp has made his changes and it will be interesting to see how long it takes Pochettino to respond. His team have been better since the restart, but remain a goal down without registering an effort at goal.
Wijnaldum has not been in the game this evening and he makes way for Milner.
Eriksen searches for Alli in the final third. The England man goes for the quick touch around the corner, but he gets too much power on it and sends it out for a goal-kick.
Tottenham are starting to up the ante as Eriksen sees a low strike from the edge of the box blocked by Van Dijk. Liverpool are struggling to bring their key players into the contest.
Origi replaces Firmino for the Reds, who was never able to get into the pace of the game.
OVER! Trippier lifts a corner deep to the back post for Vertonghen to head at goal. He makes contact with his header, only to place it over the bar.
Son is the latest Liverpool player to run at the Liverpool defence. He wins a corner off the legs of Robertson. Spurs are asking questions, but the Reds have the answers at the back for now.
Rose drives down the left flank before being taken out by Alexander-Arnold. The referee waves play on, but Eriksen wastes the advantage. Rose remains on the ground before getting to his feet after receiving treatment.
Alli twists and turns in the Liverpool box and he manages to swivel to shoot on the turn, only to be denied by a fine block from Alexander-Arnold.
Salah breaks forward down the right flank, but sees his strike blocked by Vertonghen. Liverpool recycle possession before Robertson curls low ball towards the middle, but Lloris races off his line to gather ahead of Mane.
Liverpool respond as Alexander-Arnold raids down the right flank and whips a dangerous ball into the middle. It just evades the runs of both Salah and Firmino by inches before Spurs are able to clear their lines.
Eriksen is played into space and he has time to offload to Winks on the charge down the right. However, Robertson defends well under pressure to quell the opening.
Kane wins a free-kick from a challenge by Wijnaldum. Eriksen tries to catch out the Liverpool defence with a pass to Son, but the South Korean is caught offside before Vertonghen sees his strike blocked.
Kane drives at the Liverpool defence with a probing run. He breaks into the left inside channel and cuts the ball back into the middle, but it evades Eriksen and Son before travelling to safety.
Trippier lifts a ball to the back post for Alli to attack. The midfielder attempts to cushion it across the face of goal, but he fails to connect, allowing the Reds to clear the danger.
We're back underway at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Mauricio Pochettino will be tempted to go to his bench at the break. Harry Kane has been off the pace on his return from injury, although he has not been given a great deal of support. Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli have both been below par, while Son Heung-min has been the most active, although it has not been his night so far. Liverpool may also be thinking about Roberto Firmino, who has done next to nothing in the game thus far. One change could make the difference in this tight contest.
Liverpool hold a 1-0 lead at the break over Tottenham in the Champions League final. It has not been the all-action affair that may have been predicted beforehand. The Reds made the perfect start to the game when Moussa Sissoko was adjudged to have handled in the box after only 22 seconds. Mohamed Salah blasted the resulting penalty into the net to put his team ahead. Spurs responded with periods of neat play, but were never able to test Alisson between the sticks. Jurgen Klopp's men were not much better at the other end, with the best chance emerging from a drive from distance from Andy Robertson. Both managers will be eyeing an improvement after the interval.
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HALF-TIME: TOTTENHAM 0-1 LIVERPOOL
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OVER! Son works his way into space with a good run and he offloads to Eriksen. The Dane has room to fire at goal, but he slice his left-footed attempt over the bar.
There will be two minutes of added time.
Alli collects on the left flank and has Kane and Son in support. However, his offload is poor, rolling the ball straight into the arms of Alisson.
Liverpool win the ball high up the pitch and space opens up for Firmino. He dwells on the ball too long and the shooting opportunity is shut by the Spurs defence.
A concern for Tottenham as Vertonghen goes down clutching his arm following the corner. However, after a quick chat with the physio, he appears to be okay.
The corner comes in from Alexander-Arnold and Spurs clear their lines before Salah goes for a strike on his right foot on the volley, only to send the ball over the bar.
SAVE! Matip threads a ball out from the back to Robertson into space. The Scot has acres of room to run into down the left flank. Tottenham allow him to travel towards the edge of the box and he goes for a goal, only to be denied by a good save from Lloris, tipping the ball over the bar.
It has not been a classic contest between the teams. They've both struggled for rhythm in possession, lacking their usual cutting edge in the final third.
Alli gets the better of Robertson and surges into the right inside channel. He tries to work the ball through the legs of Matip towards Son, but the defender diverts it out for a corner.
Sissoko gathers a loose ball in the middle of the park and drives at the Liverpool defence. He tries to work an offload through to Son, but Matip sticks out a leg to make the intervention.
Rose beats Henderson down the left flank and surges forward, but his pass out to Son on the goes behind his team-mate and out for a throw-in.
Kane does well to win a free-kick from Fabinho in the middle of the park. The England captain has had a quiet start to the match.
Son breaks in behind the Liverpool backline, latching on to a ball over the top from Alderweireld. However, the flag goes up very late against the winger as he knocks the ball back to Eriksen.
Salah’s opener for Liverpool is the second fastest goal in a Champions League final, only behind Paolo Maldini (00:50) for AC Milan versus Liverpool in 2005
The corner is cleared by Spurs, but Robertson concedes a free-kick for catching Trippier with a loose arm in his pursuit of the ball.
Robertson collects on the left flank from Mane and he whips a dangerous cross towards Salah at the back post, but Rose is there to head behind under pressure.
Salah twists and turns down the right flank to try to escape the attention of Vertonghen. He does get half-a-yard on the defender before firing at goal on his left foot, only to blaze his attempt over the bar.
Salah lines up a strike from the edge of the box that is deflected behind by Alderweireld. The resulting corner from Alexander-Arnold is on the money, but Lloris does well to come off his line to punch it away from danger.
Spurs are neat in possession on the edge of the box, but Eriksen's offload towards Son is diverted away from the winger by Van Dijk. Pochettino's men are playing good football and have responded well since the goal.
Son is played through the middle of the Liverpool defence and only has to get the better of Alexander-Arnold, but the full-back makes a vital challenge to stop the attack.
Robertson tries to take on Sissoko down the left flank, but the midfielder fends off the charge and guides the ball out for a goal-kick.
CLOSE! Alexander-Arnold collects in space on the right flank and he hammers a low drive towards the bottom corner. It has the pace to trouble Lloris, but the ball travels just wide of the target.
Tottenham have settled into a rhythm more than the Reds, but the early goal has handed Klopp and his team the ability to sit back and absorb the pressure.
Eriksen moves the ball quickly towards Son from the free-kick, but the winger is stopped in his tracks in the box from a challenge by Alexander-Arnold.
Matip brings down Kane with a late lunge, but manages to avoid a booking for the challenge. The first test for Kane after his injury and his appears to be fine.
A long ball over the top from Van Dijk almost falls for Mane in the box, but Trippier is there to divert it behind for a corner. The Spurs full-back is not happy with Lloris, who did not come out to ease the pressure on his team-mate.
OVER! Son tries to weave his way through the Liverpool defence, but he gets crowded out before he can shoot. The loose ball falls to Sissoko 25 yards from goal and he lines up a drive, only to smash his attempt over the bar.
Alexander-Arnold puts Alisson under pressure at the back with a quick offload, but the keeper does enough to clear his lines.
Salah has scored six goals versus Spurs, his joint best opponent in his European club career (also Bournemouth and Watford).
Trippier lifts the ball into the box for Vertonghen to attack at the back post, but Matip is there to make the clearing header.
Alli wins the ball from Alexander-Arnold in the final third before offloading towards Son on the charge. Henderson gets back to make the challenge, conceding a corner in the process.
Tottenham have a major test of their character now after falling behind in the second minute. It was clumsy from Sissoko to have his arm outstretched, although a tad unforunate at the same time.
GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! SALAH PUTS LIVERPOOL AHEAD!!! 1-0!!! Salah steps up from 12 yards and he hammers the ball down the middle of the net. Lloris dives early to his left and the ball is already past the Frenchman before he can react. Liverpool make the perfect start to the Champions League final.
PENALTY TO LIVERPOOL! The referee points to the spot as Mane strikes the ball off Sissoko and it hits his hand on the way down.
We're underway in the Champions League final.
There will be a minute of applause before kick-off in memory of Jose Antonio Reyes, who was killed in a car accident in Spain earlier today.
The players are making their way out on to the pitch, so the Champions League final should be underway shortly.
This will be Tottenham’s first major final in any European competition since the 1984 UEFA Cup. They are looking to become just the third English side to win all three of the major UEFA tournaments after Chelsea and Manchester United (European Cup/Champions League, UEFA Cup/Europa League and Cup Winner’s Cup).
Liverpool's pace and ability to keep the pressure on their opponents has been the driving force of their success under Klopp. No team relishes a match against the Reds and it will be through the pace and skill of Mane and Salah where they will look to exploit Spurs this evening. Firmino has scored two goals in two games in his games against Tottenham this season therefore they cannot afford to take their eyes off him either. It will take a special effort to hold Liverpool in check.
There have been suggestions that Tottenham have played better football without the presence of Kane in their line-up. Pochettino has dismissed this notion by bringing his striker back into the fold immediately. It was a harsh decision on Lucas, but given the quality of the three players behind Kane there was no place for him in the side. The battle between Kane and Van Dijk could well decide the match - with two of the best players in the world facing off against each other.
Liverpool would seemingly have the psychological edge over Tottenham given their performances against them this season along with their experience reaching the final last season. However, strange things can happen at major events and even the best players can lose their composure. It will be a test of the quality and character of both teams to decide the European crown.
Liverpool have found the back of the net in 14 of their last 15 encounters with Spurs in all competitions, failing to score in a 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane in October 2015; Jurgen Klopp’s first game as Liverpool manager.
At Anfield, the two sides played out an entertaining contest. Firmino put Liverpool ahead in the first half, but Lucas brought Spurs back into the game. It was all to play for in the remaining 20 minutes, but the result was decided when Salah's strike was deflected off Alderweireld by Lloris, allowing the ball to roll over the line.
The Reds triumphed in the first match between the sides this term at Wembley as goals from Wijnaldum and Firmino handed them the victory in September. Lamela scored a consolation goal for Tottenham, but it was an afternoon to forget for Pochettino's men, failing to rise to the occasion.
Liverpool won both of their league meetings with Spurs this season. In total, they’ve met at least three times in all competitions in 13 previous campaigns – Liverpool have only beaten Spurs three times in a single season in one of those (1985-86 – four times).
Klopp did not have many major decisions to make in regards to leaving players out of the starting line-up. Perhaps the only man to feel slightly aggrieved would be Milner as Wijnaldum has earned the start ahead of the veteran. The impact the Dutchman had against Barcelona, scoring twice, may have given him the edge. Milner's experience off the bench could be an important option for Klopp to have in the contest.
Liverpool are operating at full strength after Roberto Firmino returned to fitness to lead the line alongside Salah and Mane. The Brazilian missed his side's incredible comeback win over Barcelona with a thigh injury. He was given additional time to rest, missing the final game of the Premier League season against Wolves. The forward takes place to spearhead the attack, starting for the first time since April 21 against Cardiff City.
Vertonghen has also recovered from an ankle injury to start in the middle of the Spurs' defence alongside Alderweireld. Winks makes his first start since the first-leg win over Manchester City, sitting in front of the back four with Sissoko, after overcoming his fitness issues. Eriksen, Son and Alli will support Kane in a three-man front just behind the striker.
Pochettino had one major decision to make regarding team selection for the final. Kane missed the second leg of their quarter-final clash against Manchester City and both legs against Ajax along with the end of the Premier League campaign. However, his return to fitness has seen him recalled to lead the line at the expense of Lucas. The Brazilian's hat-trick against Ajax was the reason that Spurs were able to advance. Pochettino will have had a lot thoughts about the move, but he has selected Kane, albeit short of match fitness.
LIVERPOOL SUBS: Dejan Lovren, James Milner, Joe Gomez, Daniel Sturridge, Alberto Moreno, Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Simon Mignolet, Xherdan Shaqiri, Rhian Brewster, Divock Origi, Caoimhin Kelleher.
LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.
TOTTENHAM SUBS: Davinson Sanchez, Erik Lamela, Victor Wanyama, Michel Vorm, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker-Peters, Fernando Llorente, Juan Foyth, Paulo Gazzaniga, Serge Aurier, Lucas Moura, Ben Davies.
TOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloris; Kieran Trippier, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose; Moussa Sissoko, Harry Winks; Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min; Harry Kane.
Liverpool return to the Champions League final for the second year in a row. Last season their dreams of a sixth European title were ended by Real Madrid, although it came after Mohamed Salah was forced to withdraw in the first half and two goalkeeping errors from Loris Karius between the sticks. Jurgen Klopp's men staged an outstanding comeback of their own to beat Barcelona 4-0 in the second leg of their semi-final. The Reds were denied the Premier League crown, despite an excellent term. They will not want to miss out on another trophy opportunity this evening.
Tottenham are playing in the Champions League final for the first time in their history. Mauricio Pochettino's men produced an incredible second-half comeback against Ajax in the second leg of their semi-final clash to earn their spot. Spurs have beaten Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Ajax, but will have to put in a brilliant performance this evening to overcome Liverpool to win the European crown for the first time.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Champions League final between Tottenham and Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano.