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Player Ratings: Full-backs shine for below-par Liverpool in Champions League triumph

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Sports Mole rates the performances of Liverpool's players in their 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final.
By , Senior Reporter | 1mo

Liverpool are champions of Europe for a sixth time thanks to a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in Saturday's Champions League final in Madrid.

Mohamed Salah opened the scoring for Liverpool from the penalty spot less than two minutes in and substitute Divock Origi added a second towards the end.

The Reds produced one of their sloppiest displays of the campaign, but they still had enough in the tank after a three-week rest to overcome their domestic rivals.

Here, Sports Mole rates the performances of Jurgen Klopp's players from the clash at the Wanda Metropolitano.

> Click here to see the Tottenham player ratings from tonight's match



LIVERPOOL

Goal

Alisson Becker: Became increasingly more involved in the game as it went on, producing good saves - but nothing extraordinary - to keep out Lucas Moura, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min and Harry Kane in the second half. (8/10)

Defence

Trent Alexander-Arnold: Became the first player aged under 21 to start successive European Cup finals and gave another good account of himself by producing a number of good crosses and coming close through a long-ranger. (8/10)

Joel Matip: Justified Klopp's decision to start him over Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez with an assured display. One dodgy moment when barging into Kane but was otherwise solid at the back.(7/10)

Virgil van Dijk: Was not his usual self in the first half as a couple of clearances and passes went astray, though he ultimately won his battle with Kane, Son and Lucas to keep another clean sheet. (7/10)

Andy Robertson: Like Alexander-Arnold down the other flank, he provided an attacking threat out wide whenever Liverpool got forward and was arguably his side's best player, coming close through a fine strike that forced Hugo Lloris into a fingertip save. (8/10)

Midfield

Jordan Henderson: Joins an elite list of players to have skippered Liverpool to European glory. His best moment of the match arrived less than 30 seconds in as his through-ball led to the penalty.(6/10)

Fabinho: Was below-par for most of the night as Liverpool struggled to keep hold of the ball, but Tottenham were unable to take advantage. (6/10)

Georginio Wijnaldum: The Reds completed fewer passes in the first half than any other game this term and it was no surprise to see the midfielder replaced with an hour played. (5/10)

Attack

Mohamed Salah: Enjoyed a far more positive final compared to 12 months ago when limping off against Real Madrid. Converted his penalty but that aside he was not really much of a threat. (7/10)

Roberto Firmino: Well off his usual levels, which is not surprising considering he has missed more than a month through injury. Was replaced early in the second half and the man who took over from him, Origi, made far more of an impact. (5/10)

Sadio Mane: Won the penalty for his side that set Liverpool on their way and provided a number of positive runs across the 90 minutes, without getting any further rewards.(7/10)

Substitutes

Divock Origi: The hero from the semi-finals will now go down in Liverpool folklore after settling his side's nerves with a crisp finish past Lloris for Liverpool's second. Talk about making an impact! (8/10)

James Milner: Provided some fresh legs in midfield and nearly scored with the game tightly poised, sending his shot inches wide from 10 yards. (7/10)

Joe Gomez: Came on for Mane with seconds remaining to help Liverpool see out the game, which is exactly what he did. (7/10)


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