2nd June, 2019
We are very sure that somebody has had a very beautiful night as he heaved a serious sigh of relief on Saturday night after finally winning a much-sought after title.
That person is no other than Jurgen Klopp who guided Liverpool to winning the 2019 European Champions League title just a year after missing out on it when his team lost to Real Madrid in the final match.
This time around, there was surely no room for errors as his team played like one with experience and decimated their opponents Tottenham to a 2-0 win.
This was the first silverware for the hard-working and amiable coach since his arrival at the Merseyside in late 2015 despite having made real progress with the team since taking over the reigns there.
This has prompted Klopp to heave lots of praise on the Liverpool owners for never pressuring his team.
It was a torrid period for the coach as he lost his previous six finals before finally heaving a sigh of relief on Saturday as his team at last claimed success at the Wanda Metropolitano. And what a fantastic way to do so by winning the very most coveted cup in European football!
“I feel mostly relieved to be honest, relieved for my family actually because they are pretty close to me, as you can imagine,” Klopp told a news conference.
“And the last six times, we always flew on holiday with the silver medal, which doesn’t feel too cool. And this is completely different this year, so it’s for them as well. And that’s great.
“It’s for our supporters, but for our owners as well, because they never put real pressure on us, they appreciate the development, they see the steps we make. It’s for them as well, it’s great.
“It’s also for the players – we were all pretty much crying on the pitch because it was so emotional, it was so big, it means so much to us.”
Liverpool had taken an early lead in the game through a Mohamed Salah’s second-minute penalty before the victory was sealed by Divock Origi in the 87th minute.
The obviously relieved coach said the break of almost three weeks between games and the warm weather in Spain contributed to the battle against Spurs.
“I’ve lost a lot more finals than I’ve won obviously, and we always played better football,” he said.
“Tonight, it was a big challenge for both teams to deal with the three weeks, because you never have a period where you have three weeks with no game.
“So [it’s a matter of] keeping the rhythm or getting the rhythm back actually. Then, obviously there were different circumstances for two English teams tonight; it was pretty warm.
“So, you saw that it was a fight and the final is about the result.”