By the end, it was difficult to think any of the Liverpool supporters would care too greatly that the kaleidoscope of nostalgic banners they had brought to Madrid were already looking a little out of date. Liverpool had their sixth star and when we see them again next season we can be sure they will have added “Madrid, 2019” to the red, yellow and white flags that have been fluttering from Spanish balconies, hotel windows and lamp-posts in memory of Istanbul, 2005, as well as Rome, 1977 and 1984, plus Wembley, 1978, and Paris, 1981.
For Liverpool, such devoted collectors of trophies, it was the sixth time in their prodigious history that the club’s ribbons have been attached to that shiny old pot. There is only Real Madrid, with 13, and Milan, on seven, with a superior record and when Jordan Henderson lifted the trophy to the skies it meant Liverpool had won it more times than the other Premier League clubs put together. Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi know now how it feels to score the decisive goals in European football’s showpiece occasion and, when the reward is so high, it will not bother Jürgen Klopp or any of the victorious players that they could have played a lot better.