Six times. It was not nice, but will Liverpool mind if he tells this story in the years to come? Of course not. Michael Hincks was in the Metropolitano Stadium to see how Madrid 2019 was added to the list.
If the semi-final was just fairy tales, that was the hard reading you went through to find the end.
Sure, it hooked you up before you got laid, and then there was a thrilling finale, but it all depends on which side you sat on the throne as European champion.
First things first, this was a finale we never thought we would witness.
Tottenham had scored one point in the first three group games, leaving Manchester City behind at Etihad and then lost three goals to Ajax.
Liverpool had lost all three away games, was played in Anfield by Bayern Munich and fell in Barcelona with 0: 3 from.
Neither team should be here, but despite all the adversities, a second all-English finale came up, and the prospect of sixth place for Liverpool or a first for Tottenham soon became very real as their supporters climbed into the Metropolitano Stadium.
Strangely enough, there was a storm that came before the calm, after the rules had subsided before the game and the Champions League anthem was silent.
Thirty seconds into Liverpool were awarded a penalty, and a minute later Mohamed Salah shot Hugo Lloris for the second-fastest goal in a Champions League final.
What followed, however, was a staggering 43 minutes. The early goal almost silenced almost everyone, and it soon became apparent that two teams that had not played since May 12th were very out of training.
By the end of the first half, Liverpool's fit had dropped to 68.7 percent – they played the fewest passes in the half they played this season – while Spurs scored without a shot on goal. Harry Kane and Roberto Firmino had made eleven touches, and Giorgine Wijnaldum ten.
"It was about the result"
To run after halftime Spurs would not stop it. They have not held the lead during the break (level six, trailing seven) in any of their last 12 Champions League games this season, yet they were here.
The team of Pochettino was inspired by their previous efforts, but Alisson prevailed eight times against Liverpool, and it was the introduction of another semi-final hero, not Lucas Moura, who ultimately dealt the death blow.
Divock Origi can now call himself, in addition to his match winner against Barcelona, the top scorer of the Champions League. He scored a goal that fell 85 minutes after the first goal, and ensured that Liverpool returned from the disappointment over the defeat last year and missed the Premier League.
In the end, Liverpool has done the job. The game will not turn out to be a classic, but after two crashes at the last hurdle – at Borussia Dortmund and then last year at Liverpool – Klopp knew it was simply about getting over the line and avoiding further grief.
"[It was about] the result, "he said after the game. We talked a lot about it, we played better football in other finals.
"Normally I have to sit here earlier and explain how I lost, but now I am the winner here, I do not want to explain how we won, I want to enjoy it.
"Now you can say 97 points in the Premier League and Champions League winners is unbelievable."
And as Klopp further said, it will only really break in when they draw the cup through Liverpool on Sunday.
Rome 1977. London 1978. Paris 1981. Rome 1984. Istanbul 2005. And now Madrid 2019. The destination will be remembered forever, but in truth it was the journey that was much more memorable.
Poch: So painful, but we have to keep going
The trip was also memorable for Tottenham, who wants to brush up on the emotions of his memorable victory at Ajax in the semifinals and forever cherish them.
It was not supposed to be like that in their first Champions League final, and while Pochettino stood firm about his decision to choose Kane for Moura, the Spurs boss wanted to point out what a success it was to come to Madrid.
"We are all disappointed, but the season was fantastic," he said. "I'm so proud, but we can not give our fans a massive reward at the last moment.
"It's so painful, but we have to keep going, we have to be smart now, after a very painful situation, it's about the next phase in your life, it's going to be difficult, but we need to change our mind." and be positive. "
It will take a while for this certainty to be restored, but if that is the case, they will remember this night with all their emotions and make sure that they return to this phase as soon as possible.
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