The triumph of Liverpool Champions League ensures that they are back in place

Liverpool regained their place in the top regions of the English game by beating Tottenham to cancel the Champions League in Madrid on Saturday.

After vowing to chase & # 39; Liverpool from their place & # 39; when he took over leadership of Manchester United in 1986, Sir Alex Ferguson did exactly that by winning 26 major trophies in 27 years.

But Liverpool & # 39; s sixth European Cup takes them back one level higher with the Old Trafford outfit on 42 major trophies as the most decorated side of England, and Sportsmail view the most important statistics about the Liverpool triumph.

Liverpool defeated Tottenham to lift a 42nd trophy and win a draw with Manchester United

Liverpool defeated Tottenham to lift a 42nd trophy and win a draw with Manchester United

Although Liverpool had made significant progress since Jurgen Klopp took over in October 2015, that first trophy under his leadership had proved elusive.

Since taking over, he has had to taste glory while Manchester United lifted the 2016 FA Cup under Louis van Gaal, and in 2017 Jose Mourinho led them to a League Cup and a Europa League double to make their lead as England's most decorated side increase.

Liverpool's last trophy was the 2012 League Cup under Kenny Dalglish, which ended by beating Cardiff City with penalties after a 2-2 draw after extra time.

In Klopp & # 39; s first season, he accompanied his side to the Europa League final, their first European flagship since 2007.

However, the game against Seville would end in a 3-1 loss, despite the opening of Daniel Sturridge.

Klopp & # 39; s first full season would reach them the final of the League Cup on February 28, 2016, but again they would be denied.

It took penalties for Manuel Pellegrini & # 39; s Manchester City to lift the trophy at Wembley, after Philippe Coutinho had eliminated Fernandinho & # 39; s opener.

While the 2016-2017 season saw no specifications, the club sealed a return to the Champions League for the first time since the 2014-2015 campaign.

That would pave the way for an exciting run to the 2018 Champions League final, with victories over Porto, Roma and Manchester City.

Real Madrid in the final turned out to be a step too far, however, with Karim Benzema and a Gareth Bale double – that wonderful first and lucky second – who sealed a third straight trophy for the Spaniards despite Sadio Mane & # 39; s first half leveler.

It was another year before Klopp finally broke his duck and took the trophy home that eventually brought Liverpool back to their place.

Heartbreak for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool in the 2018 final set the stage for 2019

Heartbreak for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool in the 2018 final set the stage for 2019

Heartbreak for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool in the 2018 final set the stage for 2019

An important part of Liverpool's success, both domestically and in Europe, was midfielder, Virgil van Dijk, in his first full season on Merseyside.

While his £ 75 million reimbursement from Southampton seemed exorbitant in January 2018, he has already paid for it with his displays.

No player has swept past the Dutchman in one of his 64 games this season, with the last player being that in March 2018, being Newcastle & Mikel Merino.

Van Dijk also helped Liverpool to score the joint most clean sheets in the Champions League this season with six, alongside Barcelona.

Virgil van Dijk has proved inspiring for Liverpool on their flight to European glory

Virgil van Dijk has proved inspiring for Liverpool on their flight to European glory

Virgil van Dijk has proved inspiring for Liverpool on their flight to European glory

Saturday brought Liverpool the long-awaited 42nd trophy, but it also ended a fourteen-year wait for success in Europe.

Their final taste of success on the continent came with that stunning, superlative kick of the comeback at AC Milan in Istanbul on May 25, 2005.

After falling behind Paolo Maldini's volley for 50 seconds, Hernan Crespo's quick fire, twice before the break, seemed to put the nail in the Liverpool & # 39; s box.

But first Steven Gerrard, then Vladimir Smicer and then Xabi Alonso – his own missed penalty back home – would turn the tie in six surprising minutes.

The remaining 30 minutes of normal time and the 30 extra hours would pass without a decision maker, allowing Jerzy Dudek to reach hero status by rescuing Andriy Shevchenko's penalty to win the shoot-out.

Finally, 14 years later, the club has achieved a sixth European Cup, putting them away from Barcelona and Bayern Munich and second in the all-time ranking.

Their 2005 rivals – and victors when they met again in 2007 – are still in second place with seven, while Real Madrid & # 39; s recent run of three cups in three years is way behind them at the age of 13 let himself be.

Liverpool has finally added a sixth European Cup, 14 years after their last in Istanbul

Liverpool has finally added a sixth European Cup, 14 years after their last in Istanbul

Liverpool has finally added a sixth European Cup, 14 years after their last in Istanbul

While the likes of Van Dijk and Mohamed Salah have driven this side of Liverpool, their European success has also become an unlikely hero.

Divock Origi, thrown in Liverpool & # 39; s semifinal second leg against Barcelona due to injury problems with his side 3-0 down on aggregate, didn't even have a shot in the league registered by that time of the season.

Now, two games later, he has three goals and a Champions League winners' medal.

Divock Origi made a decisive impression during the unlikely flight from Liverpool to European glory

Divock Origi made a decisive impression during the unlikely flight from Liverpool to European glory

Divock Origi made a decisive impression during the unlikely flight from Liverpool to European glory

There was one category that would always improve, regardless of the winner of the previous night.

Whether Tottenham or Liverpool picked up the trophy, England became the second most successful country in the history of the European Cup.

They come from Italy, who have 12 but no winners since Inter Milan beat Bayern Munich 2-0 in 2010.

Partly thanks to the recent dominance of Real Madrid – with four wins in five years – and Barcelona in the competition of the past decade, Spain remains the most successful country of the competition with 18 wins.

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