The Champions League final for the 18/19 season was a tense game, to say the least. There was a lot of pride on the line with 2 English clubs looking to secure their first champion’s league title in a very long time. Both Liverpool and Tottenham had it all to play for. It was a surprising game for a number of reasons, with heart-thumping drama happening before 5 minutes had been played. It was tough, but there were a number of players that did their part to make this game a nail-biter.
Champions League 2018/19 Stand Out Players
There were a few different stand-out players that really put the work in for their side for this match. We’ll look at a few before crowning the best of the best. Let’s have a look:
- Mohamed Salah (Liverpool). With such a heart-breaking and premature end to his champion’s league final last season courtesy of Sergio Ramos, Salah definitely made up for it this time around. In the 2nd minute, he took the penalty awarded for a Tottenham handball in the box. He slotted it in the bottom right. Even after he scored, he utilized his prolific speed and work-ethic to benefit the team throughout the match.
- Andrew Robertson (Liverpool). The Scottish full-back has had plenty of praise over the last couple of years for his work-rate, his technical ability and his deadly crosses. Putting balls across accurately is second nature to this lad, and in the final he showed he can do it well no matter how much is on the line. His defending was superb as well, making him too dominant to circumvent for Tottenham.
- Divock Origi (Liverpool). The second super-sub to make a big champion’s league final impact in 2 years. The striker was subbed on in the 58th minute and it took about half an hour for the fresh legs to pay off. A mid-box placed shot into the bottom right saw Liverpool go 2-0 up.
- Harry Winks (Tottenham). The young lad was helpful when it came to helping the Spurs keep possession and put the effort in to try and make something of it, but he’s not the sort of world-class player that can do it alone and there wasn’t enough being made of the possession to make it worthwhile.
The best player of the game, logic dictates, would normally be someone to either assist a goal or score one. Not this time. Andy Robertson provided a great deal of dominance in defense and created quite a bit of concern with his runs and his passes in the opposing half. Almost made it on the scoresheet with an ambitious shot towards the end of the first half, but the decision to rank him the best was because of how much he made of his time on the ball and how many problems he made for Spurs.