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 …
Hugo Lloris – Could have saved the penalty, generous height and right by his hand. Problems went far deeper than him, though 5
Kieran Trippier – Can finally say goodbye to a personally poor season. Out of position numerous times, as were his crosses 3
Jan Vertonghen – Went down early on with elbow injury. His calamitous header in danger area led to Origi goal 5
Toby Alderweireld – Could have got far tighter for second goal. Sluggish passing from back did not help Spurs one bit 5
Danny Rose – Quietly enhanced his reputation as one of the best left-backs in Europe. Wasn’t much invention in front of him 7
Harry Winks – Saw a lot of the ball and was tidy with it, but Spurs needed a more dynamic player to help break Reds down 6
Moussa Sissoko – Does he have a right to feel aggrieved? Maybe. But in the box, arm outstretched … just don’t do it 5
Dele Alli – The Dele who took games by the scruff of his neck has disappeared over the last 18 months. Will we see him again? 5
Christian Eriksen – Spurs were crying out for his magic with Liverpool so disciplined. One decent free-kick all to show for it 5
Son Heung-min – Strange game. At the centre of most Spurs attacks, for better or for worse. Better in second half 6
Harry Kane – Whether it was defensive brilliance or not, a bottled-up Kane wasn’t anywhere near his sharpest 4
Lucas Moura (66′) – Should have started in hindsight, but didn’t light the Wanda on fire during his 25-minute cameo 6
Eric Dier (74′) – Desperately poor clearance alongside Vertonghen error handed Origi the chance to clinch it 5
Fernando Llorente (82′) – Afforded very little time to assert his physicality up top N/A
Kane has not played since the quarter-final first leg against Manchester City in early April when he suffered a “significant” ankle ligament injury.
The England captain has declared himself fit for the showpiece clash with Liverpool and trained without problem at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid on Friday night.
Kane would likely replace Lucas Moura – the hat-trick hero of Amsterdam – if he was to start and Pochettino is preparing himself for a “painful” decision.
“We have one training session now and then we’re going to decide,” Pochettino said.
“It’s normal that you are asking me, it’s not easy, it is not going to be easy to make that decision tomorrow.
“But it was difficult the last game that we played, the semi-finals, the quarter-finals, the last 16.
“Every single game we need to take a decision. Tomorrow is going to be another decision, a decision when we have all the information and we know every single detail, we are going to take the best decision to win.”
Watch the Spurs superstar train ahead of the final in the clip above
Kane has said he feels ready to start in Madrid, despite not playing since damaging ankle ligaments in the quarter-finals against Manchester City last month.
Asked in a press conference on Friday if Kane would play, Pochettino said: “I don’t know. We have one training session left and then we are ready to decide.”
If Pochettino picks Kane, it would deliver a significant boost to Spurs but they have survived without him, after Lucas Moura scored an incredible second-leg hat-trick to knock out Ajax in the semis.
“It is not going to be easy to take a decision tomorrow,” Pochettino said.
“We have all the information and we know every single detail. To try to win, you can only use 11 players, that is the most painful situation.”
Pochettino had lobbied to include all his players in the official pre-match on-field photo.
“I proposed a few weeks ago that the whole squad do a picture together before the game and I think UEFA have listened.
“We talk about the value of the game – many things have happened in England, a lot of problems, and tomorrow we have one billion people watching and we can show the value of football.
“I think tomorrow is about showing togetherness and it is a great chance to show the value of a collective sport.”
Tottenham have reached their first ever European Cup or Champions League final, while Liverpool are bidding to win the tournament for a sixth time after losing to Real Madrid in the final last year.
Spurs’ run is the greater surprise after dramatic, late goals against Manchester City and Ajax put them within sight of the trophy, despite not signing a single player in the last two transfer windows.
“To be here, with everything falling for us, it means the praise comes a lot and the team feels strong at the end of the season,” Pochettino said.
“The club couldn’t sign players, it’s true, we could not open the new stadium until a month ago and we had to play at Wembley, as well feeling the effects of the World Cup.
“All these things have given us strength, they have made us better, more creative. If you believe, and you have faith, and you work hard, you can have rewards.”
Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris is bidding to win both the Champions League and World Cup within 10 months, after he triumphed with France in Russia last summer.
“It is a privilege to be part of these two teams,” Lloris said. “To win the World Cup with my country was a massive achievement but it couldn’t be possible without the help of my teammates and it is the case again in this final.
“I think we have a good mix of experienced players and young players and they need to follow the leaders, first the manager and then the team’s leaders.
“And then we just need to be ready because it is a fantastic game to play. It’s going to be about small details. They can be decisive.”