Klopp had lost his two previous Champions League finals, against Bayern Munich as Borussia Dortmund boss in 2013 and last year against Real Madrid, as well as the 2016 Europa League final and three domestic cup finals in Germany and England.
“I’m so happy for the boys, I’m so happy for my family, they suffer every year when we go to a final … they deserve it more than anybody,” Klopp said to BT Sport after the Anfield side defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in Madrid.
“It’s maybe the best night of my life… professional-wise.”
Liverpool clinched their first European trophy since 2005 thanks to Mohamed Salah’s early penalty and a late Divock Origi goal. Klopp hailed his side’s guts to win the trophy despite obvious tiredness.
“Did you ever see a team like this, fighting with no fuel in the tank any more?”
“This is great for our development because it’s always like we’d be doing good steps but people say ‘so what you didn’t win anything’.”
The German came in for high praise from defender Virgil van Dijk, who was named man of the match after another outstanding display.
“He’s a fantastic manager, first and foremost, but he’s a fantastic human being as well,” said the Dutchman.
“It’s a pleasure to work with him, but also with the rest of the coaching staff, all the people that work at Melwood (training ground).
“It’s an amazing environment to be in, and I’m very glad and very proud that he wanted me to play for this beautiful club.”
Van Dijk will have little time to rest as he heads off to Portugal for the Nations League, with the Netherlands facing England on Thursday.
But before that he will return to Merseyside to celebrate with the rest of the Liverpool squad.
“It’s going to be a tough two nights, but I don’t care, I will just enjoy every bit of it,” he said.
Mohamed Salah fittingly dispatched a penalty – from a contentious Moussa Sissoko handball – in the Spanish capital, helping to banish painful memories of last year’s defeat to Real Madrid.
Tottenham were never truly in it as a superb Liverpool rearguard bottled up the Spurs attack, before the Reds’ super sub Divock Origi fired home late on to take the club’s remarkable European record to even greater heights.
Here are our Liverpool ratings …
Alisson – Saved well from Eriksen, but it speaks for the unit ahead of him that Liverpool held a lead for so long, so comfortably 7
Trent Alexander-Arnold – Apart from one clumsy foul on Rose, pristine in defence. Usual devilish crosses, too – what a talent 8
Virgil Van Dijk – His pincer movement with Matip on Kane nullified the England forward. Snuffed out one great Son run 8
Joel Matip – Did he outshine Van Dijk, or has big Virgil helped him become this composed? Crucial intervention in first half 8
Andy Robertson – Less threat came down his side, but the teak-tough Scot thrived and his crosses from deep are things of beauty 7
Fabinho – Game was seemingly set up for him when defending a lead, but wasn’t the destroyer he has been at his best this season 6
Georginio Wijnaldum – Only made 12 passes as Reds kept their structure. Cut out one dangerous move in first 45, replaced on hour 6
Jordan Henderson – A few aimless balls aside – par for the course – was the Reds midfielder most likely to snuff danger out 6
Mohamed Salah – Came good when his side needed him – a minute in. Erratic shooting but goal changed his role, harried well 7
Roberto Firmino – Like his counterpart, clearly was not match fit. A+ for effort as always, but right to come off in 57th minute 5
Sadio Mane – Began to make some very dangerous runs from deep in the second half, kept Spurs on their toes 7
Divock Origi (58′) – Had a chasing brief for the last half-hour as Liverpool, but then what a finish when the chance came his way 8
James Milner (62′) – Fizzed a low shot past the post after good work from Mane, wonderfully experienced sub to bring on 6
Joe Gomez (90′) – No more than a victory lap for the young defender N/A
One of the stars from Liverpool’s last Champions League success in 2005, Luis Garcia, says Klopp’s attacking concepts means he would have embraced the challenge of playing under the German boss.
Cult-hero Garcia was an integral figure during the Reds’ run to Istanbul back in 2005 and also Athens in 2007, though he did miss the final through injury.
Liverpool face Tottenham at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on Saturday with ambitions of lifting their sixth European Cup.
The 40-year-old has been impressed with the work of manager Klopp and you can see what the Spaniard had to say in the clip above.