Article by: Zach Henley
After a disappointing end to their season last year, Liverpool gets redemption and caps off an excellent season with a title. Players Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi were the deciding factors as they each scored a goal. Also with a strong season was Liverpool’s opponent, the Tottenham Hotspur team. For the first time in club history, Tottenham was in the title match. Both teams came out strong and showed that they deserved to be in the final.
Liverpool was the favorite to win and they showed why. After the first half push of Tottenham, Liverpool settled down and played smart and efficient soccer. Even though Tottenham had a 65% possession percentage, Liverpool made their smaller percentage worth it. Liverpool tallied more saves than their opponent by saving eight shots compared to one.
Soccer is a sport based on tempo and tone, and if a team misses even one of these things, the likelihood of winning is slim. Early in the game, Tottenham drawled a quick foul and that set the tone for the Spurs. It seemed like after that penalty; the Spurs seemed distracted for the rest of the match.
Soccer, as much as it is a very populated sport, does not get the attention that other sports do in the United States. I think with this win particularly, it grabbed people’s attention from everywhere, and even by some big names. LeBron James posted a picture of him wearing Liverpool’s gear and congratulating them on their strong win. This win for Liverpool, is a win for soccer, and its fans.
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