The story behind Liverpool's Champions League success

3 June 2019

Hundreds of thousands of Liverpool fans swarmed to the city centre to welcome home their heroes from Madrid.

The Reds triumphed 2-0 against Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano thanks to goals from Mo Salah and Divock Origi.

The Egyptian lashed home a penalty after just two minutes before Origi, hero of the semi-final second leg comeback against FC Barcelona, sealed a historic sixth Champions League crown.

A year on from a crushing 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the final in Kiev, Jürgen Klopp’s men avenged their demons and celebrated in style in Liverpool.

Every player joined in the open top bus parade and defender Virgil van Dijk helped leading the celebrations.

The centre back has been rock-solid at the heart of the Liverpool defence since joining in January 2018, helping keep a clean sheet in the final of the Champions League.

Allison Becker has been another reason for Liverpool’s success this season.

Klopp brought in the Brazilian goalkeeper last summer from AS Roma and he hasn’t disappointed.

The stopper picked up the Premier League Golden Glove thanks to his 21 clean sheets as Liverpool were just pipped to the title by Manchester City.

Liverpool’s journey to European glory for a sixth time in their history was far from straightforward.

The Reds lost all three of their away matches in the group stages to Red Star Belgrade, Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli.

But home victories against all three sides saw narrow progression to the last 16.

After drawing at home to FC Bayern, Liverpool were up against it heading to the Allianz Arena where they delivered a clinical display, beating the German champions 3-1.

Comfortable progression against FC Porto in the quarter-final was followed by one of the most dramatic comebacks in football history against FC Barcelona.

Gini Wijnaldum and Divock Origi were the heroes on a famous Anfield night as Liverpool overturned a 3-0 first leg deficit to win 4-0 and progress to the final.

It was a clinical display in the final in Madrid was teamed with an inspired display from Alisson in the Liverpool net.

High class saves to deny Christian Eriksen, Lucas Moura and Son Heung-Min ensured the biggest trophy in European football was heading to Merseyside.