Seventh time lucky: Jurgen Klopp ecstatic as he ends trophy drought with Champions League win
Saturday's 2-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League Final in Madrid represents the first major honor of the German's Liverpool career and his first in four finals so far with the Anfield club.
It also snapped a losing streak from his six previous major finals – stretching back to his days as manager of Borussia Dortmund in his homeland.
Goals from Mo Salah and Divock Origi erased the heartbreak of losing out to Manchester City on the final day of the Premier League season, as well as last season's 3-1 reverse to Real Madrid in the Champions League final, and afterwards Klopp spoke of his joy at the occasion and his pride in everyone who wore red inside the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
"I am so happy for all the boys, I am so happy for all these people," Klopp said to BT Sports, gesturing to the supporters. "I'm so happy for my family.
"They suffer every year when we go to a final – the last game of the season and we lose it. They deserve it more than anybody because they are so supportive, like [the supporters]. Did you ever see a team like this? Fighting with absolutely no fuel in the tank anymore.
Jürgen Klopp has won his first major trophy as Liverpool manager in his fourth final with the club:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 1, 2019
🥈 2016 League Cup
🥈 2016 Europa League
🥈 2018 Champions League
🏆 2019 Champions League
The walk will be a little different this time.#UCLFinalpic.twitter.com/ZxErttpaxm
"Tottenham came out changing offensively and have a goalkeeper who makes difficult things look easy. Very nice, thank you very much. What a night. The night will be much better now, we are through interviews a little bit and showing the cup a little bit, but it's maybe the best night of my life, profesionally-wise."Also on rt.com 'Snooze fest': Liverpool fans unconcerned with entertainment value after sealing 6th European Cup
Those previous defeats in cup finals with both Liverpool and his previous team, Borussia Dortmund, did have some silver linings, Klopp explained. What doesn't kill you can only make you stronger.
"It took a while, obviously," he said of his pursuit of major silverware. "We tried a lot. It was important for our development and improvement."
I’ve never met Jürgen Klopp, but he’s up there with my mum and dad.— #6 (@AnfieldRd96) June 1, 2019
Jurgen Klopp, October 2015: "I signed the contract yesterday. Please give us time to do the work, but when I sit here in 4 years I think we may have a title."— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) June 1, 2019
4 years on, we are champions of Europe for a sixth time. Thank you boss for doing exactly what you said you would do. 🏆 pic.twitter.com/DkfFfWrXzt
🇩🇪 Jurgen Klopp's Cup Final record:— SPORF (@Sporf) June 1, 2019
📅 2012: German Cup 🏆
📅 2013: Champions League ❌
📅 2014: German Cup ❌
📅 2015: German Cup ❌
📅 2016: League Cup ❌
📅 2016: Europa League ❌
📅 2018: Champions League ❌
📅 2019: Champions League 🏆
✅ The losing streak is over. pic.twitter.com/MFOdTKwuJx
Jurgen Klopp: "I'm so happy for my team, I'm so happy for the fans, I'm so happy for my family. Have you ever seen a team like this!?"— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) June 1, 2019