Steven Gerrard says he felt a deep sense of pride and kinship in seeing "selfless" successor Jordan Henderson lead Liverpool to Champions League glory.

Reds great Gerrard watched on as the club he captained for over a decade battled to a 2-0 defeat of Premier League rivals Tottenham in Madrid on Saturday.

It was the sixth time the Anfield side have been crowned European champions and the first since the famous Gerrard-inspired comeback against AC Milan in 2005.

Sunderland product Henderson inherited the armband 10 years later and fittingly celebrated at the Wanda Metropolitano in front of his former team-mate and mentor.

"[I felt] proud that Liverpool were back at the top of European football and especially proud of Jordan because I know how hard he works," Gerrard wrote in a column for The Times.

"I know the sacrifices he has made, the pressure and scrutiny he has been under.

"If I had to name someone I regarded as the ultimate professional, Jordan would be right at the top of the list. He is immaculate in the way he lives his life.

"Some people don't see the stuff behind the scenes, the gym work, the way he eats, but he is someone who is an incredible role model."

Henderson had to compete for his position earlier this term and capped a commendable return to prominence with a 90-minute performance as Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi combined to sink Spurs.

Criticism has often followed the 28-year-old England international on Merseyside, but Gerrard believes he has done well under the "magnified" pressure of captaining Liverpool.

"Scrutiny will always be there whether you are a player, a coach or a manager," he said.

"Jordan has had his fair share, but he handles it well and the best thing to do is let your football do the talking.

"That is what he has done. That is what he will continue to do."

Jordan Henderson was delighted to put a smile on his father's face after opening up about their emotional embrace following Liverpool's Champions League triumph.

One of the lasting images of the Reds' 2-0 win over Tottenham in Madrid was the sight of Henderson hugging his dad, Brian, and breaking down in tears amid the celebrations.

The Liverpool captain's father was diagnosed with throat cancer six years ago and initially hid the diagnosis from Henderson for fear it would derail his football career.

And Henderson was delighted to share the moment with his dad, who has since received the all-clear.

"My dad has been through a lot over the past few years, not only with himself but with his family," Henderson said. 

"I am sure he will be so proud to see us win the game and win the Champions League. It will mean the world to him. I am just glad I can put a smile on his face.

"It's obviously emotional. We have come a long way as a team and we have had so many knockbacks and to finally get over the line... it is an amazing feeling and one that we will remember forever. It's so special."

It was an almost cathartic moment for Henderson, who has often faced criticism over his role at Liverpool.

And, after several near misses under boss Jurgen Klopp, the importance of winning European football's biggest prize is not lost on the England international.

"It was nice to know we have come back from so many disappointments and finally get over the line and win a big trophy," Henderson added. 

"It is an amazing night and hopefully we can use this to win more in the future, it gives us confidence to know we can win the Champions League and together we can move forward and hopefully win more trophies as well."

Jurgen Klopp described the Champions League trophy as "the people's cup" as he and Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson headed home to Merseyside to parade the silverware they won in Madrid on Saturday night.

The Reds emerged from a night of celebrations in high spirits on Sunday morning, after goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi helped to secure the club's sixth triumph in Europe's top competition at the expense of Tottenham.

The victory ensured a fine season did not go unrewarded and Klopp's delight for his players was clear to see, but he said the glory would become real when the team returned home on Sunday.

"We are looking forward to Liverpool now," Klopp told Sky Sports.

"People said there will be a million people [attending the parade] and that will be special.

"I think that will be the moment when we really understand what we did. It is for the people, it’s the people's cup.

"We will see the joy in their faces, being close to them with the team. That doesn’t happen a lot and it will be amazing."

Klopp said he spent some time with the trophy in the Liverpool dressing room after the game and had the chance to "cuddle it a little bit" but it was skipper Henderson who carried it onto the team bus to the airport in Madrid.

The 28-year-old was in tears on the pitch at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano after the game, and he said being a Champions League winner would take some time to get used to.

"It feels amazing," said Henderson. "It still hasn’t sunk in properly, to be honest.

"But we're looking forward to taking it back to Liverpool to show the fans. Amazing night

"All the lads can't wait. We just want to get back and party in Liverpool."

Jurgen Klopp was delighted for Jordan Henderson after the Liverpool captain continued to silence critics by winning the Champions League.

Henderson helped Klopp's men to a 2-0 win over Tottenham in the Champions League final in Madrid on Saturday.

The England midfielder has been the subject of criticism during his time at Anfield, where he arrived in 2011, and Klopp was thrilled for the 28-year-old.

"I'm happy for the boys. You know what people said about a couple of players of this team," he told a news conference.

"Jordan Henderson is captain of the Champions League winner 2019 – that's satisfying actually.

"That Millie [James Milner] did it at the age of 33. They are all very important, but I can say again, without Millie's dressing-room talks before the game – with a non-native manager – I think it would not be possible. It's so important."

A Mohamed Salah penalty and Divock Origi strike helped Liverpool secure their first trophy since Klopp took charge in late 2015.

Klopp was full of praise for his players, who led the club to their sixth European Cup/Champions League crown.

"All the things they did during the weeks, how they lifted when we had little downs, it's just incredible," he said.

"Tonight is really emotional, that's my main feeling, it's overwhelming, all that stuff. It feels really good but I'm much calmer than I thought I would be when it finally happened.

"It was not important to me to touch the cup or whatever. I loved the pictures when the boys had it, I loved it when I saw a few faces in the stands. That gave me everything I need.

"Tomorrow, going to Liverpool and having something to celebrate, that's big and I'm really looking forward to that."

Liverpool and Tottenham were lacking the star quality expected of them as the Reds triumphed 2-0 in one of the most disappointing Champions League finals in memory.

Mohamed Salah scored after just two minutes from the penalty spot before 85 minutes of scant little action at either end gave way to a second goal from Liverpool substitute Divock Origi.

It was not the game either set of fans expected, but there were still key moments and interventions that ensured Europe's most coveted trophy headed to Merseyside.

Here's how we rated the players at the Wanda Metropolitano.

TOTTENHAM

Hugo Lloris: 7
Had no chance with the penalty and was otherwise excellent, making a superb save from Andy Robertson shortly before half-time to keep Spurs in touch. Could do little about Origi's goal.

Jan Vertonghen: 6
Did well to keep Salah at bay early in the second half and ventured forward to support a Spurs attack that failed to bare its teeth.

Danny Rose: 6
Fed Son Heung-min and Dele Alli throughout but saw much of his service frittered away, particularly early on.

Kieran Trippier: 6
Like Rose, Trippier poured forward to little effect in the opening stages and his late forays rarely proved effective.

Toby Alderweireld: 6
Was left bloodied at the end of a bruising encounter but could not get across in time to stop Origi from doubling Liverpool's lead three minutes from time.

Christian Eriksen: 6
Squandered a good chance when space opened up for him in first-half stoppage time and saw his curling free-kick saved by Alisson late on.

Harry Winks: 5
Effective around the halfway line, but like his team-mates seemed to freeze when approaching the final third. Replaced by Lucas Moura after 66 minutes.

Son Heung-min: 7
Showed flashes of energy and endeavour but was outmuscled by Virgil van Dijk or outwitted by Alisson when chances came his way.

Dele Alli: 6
Just as he did in the semi-final second leg against Ajax, Alli misplaced passes early on but grew into the game, only to fluff his lines when Tottenham's three best chances fell to him in the second half.

Moussa Sissoko: 5
Suffered a torrid opening to the game when Sadio Mane's cross hit his arm after 26 seconds and lost the key midfield battle against Jordan Henderson that could have turned the game in Spurs' favour.

Harry Kane: 5
Barely involved in the first half, Kane improved in the last 20 minutes as Tottenham pressed for an equaliser, but it was too little, too late from the England captain.

Substitutes

Lucas Moura: 6
Could have been Tottenham's saviour again but side-footed somewhat tamely at Alisson when the ball fell to him 12 yards out.

Eric Dier: 5
Replaced the disappointing Sissoko and fared little better in the heart of Tottenham's midfield.

Fernando Llorente: 5
Sent on late as Mauricio Pochettino sought the kind of heroics he delivered against Ajax but failed to make a mark on the game.

LIVERPOOL

Alisson: 7
Faced no shots in the first half but remained alert enough to make a crucial double-save from Son and Moura – and a superb one from Eriksen – when it mattered most.

Trent Alexander-Arnold: 7
One of Liverpool's major attacking threats in the first half, firing narrowly wide with an audacious 25-yard drive.

Virgil van Dijk: 7
As calm and assured as you would expect of the PFA Players' Player of the Year and showed his pace and composure to cut Son's mazy dribble short after 75 minutes.

Joel Matip: 7
Viewed as the potential weak link in Liverpool's side by some, Matip did not let his side down and helped to keep Kane eerily quiet before providing the assist for Origi's goal.

Andy Robertson: 6
Linked up with Mane to cause Tottenham problems early on and put in a solid performance defensively.

Jordan Henderson: 7
Harried and pressed Tottenham when he had to, doing just enough to keep Winks and Sissoko from settling into the game.

Georginio Wijnaldum: 5
The game passed him by in the first half and he was little better after the break, making him the obvious choice to come off for James Milner.

Fabinho: 7
Combined with Henderson to nullify the Spurs midfield, helping the England man form a wall on the halfway line that snuffed out Sissoko and Alli time and again.

Mohamed Salah: 7
Lashed home Liverpool's opener with supreme confidence and teed Milner and Mane up for good second-half chances despite seeing relatively little of the ball.

Sadio Mane: 7
Ran at Spurs from the outset and forced the penalty before playing a key role in Liverpool's late resurgence.

Roberto Firmino: 5
After a very quiet first half, Firmino cut an even more subdued figure after the interval and was replaced by Origi just before the hour-mark.

Substitutes

Divock Origi: 8
There was a buzz of excitement at the Liverpool end when Origi replaced Firmino and he did not disappoint, lashing the only chance that came his way into the bottom corner of Lloris' net.

James Milner: 7
Reinvigorated Liverpool on the hour, firing just wide from the edge of the box and rallying the troops to push for the second.

Joe Gomez: 5
Replaced Mane late on but had little to do.

Captain Jordan Henderson insisted all praise should be directed towards manager Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool clinched Champions League glory on Saturday.

The Reds became champions of Europe for a sixth time as they defeated Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid through goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi.

Skipper Henderson got his hands on the trophy at full-time, yet he was quick to hail Klopp as the inspiration for Liverpool's success.

"Without the manager, this isn't possible," the England international told BT Sport.

"You go through tough times in seasons, but what he's done since he came to this football club is unbelievable.

"It's not only the players he's brought in to make the squad stronger; the players that were already here he's made better. There's such a togetherness in the group. He's created a special dressing room.

"All the praise, everything, goes to the manager."

And Henderson was not interested in discussing his status as the latest Liverpool star to lead a team to a European Cup triumph.

"It's not about me as captain lifting the trophy," he said. "It's special, of course, but it's not about that.

"It's about this football club, it's about these players, it's about this manager. Now we need to keep going and kick on."

Henderson, maligned at times earlier in his career, has been one of Liverpool's star performers in recent months and reflected on his own personal journey.

He said: "I'm so proud to be a part of this football club. I've been here a long time now. To captain it is even more special for me.

"It means everything to me, football, ever since I was a kid. I've just tried to give my best every time I've played football, to help my team no matter what.

"There have been tough times where it has been difficult over my career, but I've kept going just like this team's kept going. And you have moments like this - this is what you do it for.

"This is the best moment in my life apart from my children. This is what I've dreamt of as a kid."

Supporting cast members played essential roles as Liverpool and Tottenham mounted incredible comebacks to reach the Champions League final and now the time has come for the stars to shine.

Divock Origi helped to bury Barcelona, Lucas Moura left Ajax in ruins and yet neither semi-final hero has been able to squeeze into our combined XI of the individuals aiming to snatch the headlines this Saturday.

Harry Kane, an increasingly strong chance to feature at the Wanda Metropolitano, also sits out on this occasion with Opta data employed to aid the tough calls in areas of extreme depth.

Extra attention has been paid to performances in Europe and led to the creation of a high-performing team blessed with top talent from back to front.

 

Alisson

Liverpool would not have made it out of their group were it not for Alisson, who produced a superb save to preserve a slender one-goal lead in the closing stages against Napoli in December.

In that moment, the Brazil international – who finished the Premier League season with the Golden Glove having kept the most clean sheets – showed the value of spending big on a position of need.

 

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Liverpool's right-back gets the nod ahead of fellow England international Kieran Trippier. The Tottenham defender was superb for England at the 2018 World Cup but has not hit those same heights this season for his club and was left out of Gareth Southgate's squad for the Nations League Finals.

Alexander-Arnold has had his difficult moments too, and Jurgen Klopp opted to pick Joe Gomez ahead of him for the first leg of the semi-final against Barca. However, the 20-year-old is a key outlet for the Reds in attack, giving him the nod over his compatriot in this XI.

 

 

Virgil van Dijk

Can £75million be considered a bargain? When Liverpool agreed to stump up a record fee for a defender to get Van Dijk from Southampton, some questioned the figure for a player whose only previous Champions League experience had come at Celtic.

The Dutchman has turned out to be worth every last penny, becoming a colossal figure at the heart of Liverpool's defence despite a shuffling of the deck next to him due to injuries.

 

Jan Vertonghen

Vertonghen has been through the wars in this season's Champions League. The Belgian suffered a head injury in the first meeting with Ajax, leading to him being helped off the field before half-time, then played through the pain of an ankle injury as Spurs sealed a stunning comeback in stoppage time of the return fixture.

He made six more interceptions than team-mate Toby Alderweireld in two fewer appearances and shone in the efficient last-16 triumph over Borussia Dortmund, scoring one and creating another of the three first-leg goals.

 

Andy Robertson

Completing an all-Liverpool full-back pairing, Robertson makes the line-up after underlying his qualities in another superb campaign. His raids down the left caused Sergi Roberto all sorts of problems in the first leg against Barcelona, even if the Spanish side did come out on top.

Playing against Real Madrid a year ago in Kiev capped a remarkable debut season for Robertson on Merseyside. Now, 12 months on, he has established himself as one of the best full-backs in Europe.

 

Jordan Henderson

Klopp might find players knocking on his door more often after captain Henderson's request for fewer defensive responsibilities led to the rebirth of a high-energy, creative influence at the heart of a midfield that, in modern parlance, needed verticality.

An outstanding display in the quarter-final victory against Porto at Anfield in April heralded a box-to-box role as Henderson's best and, with a high tackle success rate of 81.25 per cent, Liverpool have lost none of the England international's combativeness.

 

Moussa Sissoko

From transfer flop to cream of the crop – the 2018-19 season has seen quite a turnaround for Sissoko, a midfielder with endless energy but who has also demonstrated his technical abilities, too.

Lucas' star turn at the Johan Cruijff ArenA could not have occurred without Sissoko harrying every Ajax player in sight and it is his superior passing and tackling numbers to James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum that are enough for a place in this three-man engine room.

 

Christian Eriksen

Kane's irregular availability through injury left others at Tottenham to pick up the slack in attack and Eriksen took the initiative, the Dane scoring twice and assisting four in the run to the final.

The 27 chances he created in 11 appearances account for more than Henderson and Roberto Firmino combined and proved the rumoured Real Madrid target as a player belonging to Europe's top bracket.

 

Sadio Mane

Patrolling the right flank is the dependable, incisive and indefatigable Mane, who has appeared in each of the Reds' 12 outings in Europe this term and been an inspirational figure.

In surely the best of his three seasons since arriving from Southampton, the unselfish Senegal winger has been responsible for creating 16 chances in the Champions League, more than each of the attackers angling for a place in this side's front three.

 

Son Heung-min 

England captain Kane's return to fitness presents something of a selection quandary for Mauricio Pochettino that seemed unthinkable until Son began tearing holes through opposition defences both domestically and on the continent.

In the South Korea star, the Spurs boss has an intelligent, agile forward who seems to relish playing centrally and supplies key goals in big games. His first in the quarter-finals against Manchester City tipped the balance in Tottenham's favour; the next two helped to torpedo the Premier League champions.

 

Mohamed Salah

Substituted in tears after damaging his shoulder in a tangle with Sergio Ramos this time last year, the stage is now set for Salah to enjoy a more fitting finale to another fine campaign.

The brilliant Egypt forward's four Champions League goals this time around included the crucial winner against Napoli that propelled Liverpool into the knockout rounds, and he will hope another can overwrite the images of his agony in the 2018 defeat to Madrid.

Jurgen Klopp has described his Liverpool side as the best he has ever taken into a final ahead of Saturday's Champions League showdown against Tottenham.

Klopp's Borussia Dortmund were defeated by Bayern Munich in the Champions League final in 2013, while he was on the losing side again last year as Real Madrid prevailed in Kiev.

The Reds have enjoyed a superb campaign, finishing second in the Premier League with a whopping 97 points, and produced a remarkable second-leg comeback against Barcelona to set up the mouth-watering clash with Spurs at the Wanda Metropolitano at the weekend.

Klopp is in awe of his side's achievements this season and believes they are perfectly positioned to win a first Champions League since 2005.

"I love them all, they have all given everything," he told a media conference. "I've never been part of a final with a better team, that's true.

"I'm not so surprised because the boys have a mix of potential and attitude in the best way I have ever witnessed. That's just brilliant, exceptional, and that brought us where we are.

"It's a sensational situation, being here again is great. We wanted it, really desperately, but it looked like it would slip through our fingers in the group stage. I'm really happy that we can do it again."

Klopp reserved special praise for James Milner and Jordan Henderson, who he believes epitomise the hunger to improve that is so prevalent throughout his squad.

"The best piece of character of this team is the constant readiness for development," he explained.

"Take James Milner. He is 33 now, but he's still developing. He's taking really big steps, calming down here and using his unbelievable skills in better moments.

"He's an example, like Henderson. They always want to make the next step; it's just in them, and it helps a lot."

Liverpool beat Tottenham in both their Premier League meetings this season, most recently at Anfield in March, but Klopp does not think that will give his side the edge on Saturday.

"It will be very tight, no doubt," he said. "The quality of Tottenham and us is pretty similar. The difference between us in the league is consistency. We won both games, but both 2-1.

"The home game was a tight game with a lucky goal from us in the last minute. [Mauricio] Pochettino is right; emotions will be completely different. You have to use the emotions but in the right circumstances. It's a special game, but we have to bring ourselves in the right mood."

Jordan Henderson wants to see Liverpool emulate Manchester City and start winning multiple trophies every season.

Liverpool face Tottenham in the Champions League final in Madrid on Saturday looking to secure their first piece of silverware since 2012.

City claimed a domestic treble this season, including the Premier League, a campaign after winning two trophies.

Henderson, whose side were beaten in last season's Champions League final, is eager to see Jurgen Klopp's men become similarly successful.

"City have won three trophies this year, and that's where we want to be," the Liverpool captain told UK newspapers, via The Guardian.

"We don't want to be going for just one cup or title, we want to be winning more and more each year.

"If you look at City, they don't stop at one trophy, they are picking up two or three a season, and that's something this club should really be doing. That's the aim, anyway."

City denied Liverpool in the Premier League this season, despite the Reds securing 97 points.

Henderson insisted his team had moved on and he hopes they can make the most of their European chance at the Wanda Metropolitano.

"We can't change what happened in the Premier League now, but we can change what we do in the final," he said.

"I think we were all disappointed for a couple of days, but football changes so quickly and so does your focus. And there's nothing better to make you focus than a Champions League final.

"This is obviously a big opportunity for us – and we really want to finish this season with a trophy.

"If that doesn't happen, it will be really hard to take, but at the same time we can still look forward to what comes in the seasons ahead."

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson believes his side can hold their heads high despite missing out on the Premier League title by a solitary point.

Manchester City put together a run of 14 straight wins to end the season and retain their crown, culminating in a 4-1 victory at Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday.

Henderson was disappointed to have to come so close to ending the Reds' 29-year wait to be crowned champions but believes Pep Guardiola's men narrowly deserved it.

"We always believed that, until the last day, if we kept doing what we were doing then we'd maybe [win it] so it's disappointing, obviously," he told Liverpool's official website.

"But I think after a few days, when we've got time to reflect, I think we'll be proud of how we've performed this season and how we've pushed City right until the very end.

"They're an amazing team so they deserve it, congratulations to them. We've pushed them all the way and hopefully next year we'll come back even stronger.

"It's been a great battle right until the end. Unfortunately it's difficult walking around, saying thank you to the fans and we've got nothing to give back to them because they've been outstanding all season.

"It's hard and they've been amazing, but hopefully we can give them something in the Champions League final [against Tottenham] in a few weeks.

"Our focus needs to change to that quickly. The next few days will be tough when we've got time to reflect, but football moves quickly and you've got to re-focus and think about the future.

"I've got to say the lads have given everything. We can have no regrets, we've given everything for every game this season but unfortunately City were better."

Mohamed Salah returns to the Liverpool team for their Premier League title decider at home to Wolves.

Salah was substituted in Liverpool's last league game, a dramatic 3-2 win at Newcastle United, after a collision with goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.

He subsequently missed Liverpool's stunning 4-0 victory over Barcelona that booked a place in the Champions League final against Tottenham.

Jurgen Klopp indicated Salah would be fit to face Wolves at Anfield on Sunday and he is included in a team still without injured forward Roberto Firmino.

Divock Origi, who hit a brace to sensationally knock out Barcelona, therefore retains his place in attack.

Captain Jordan Henderson is also fit despite sustaining a knee knock against Barca, as is left-back Andy Robertson, who was substituted at half-time.

Liverpool must hope defending champions Manchester City slip up in their last game, away to Brighton and Hove Albion, if they are to be crowned champions.

Salah is leading the race for the Golden Boot on 22 goals, sitting two clear of Sergio Aguero, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Reds team-mate Sadio Mane.

Jurgen Klopp joked it had been "Divock Origi week" at Liverpool as he hailed the striker for his match-winning performances against Newcastle United and Barcelona.

Origi, who has had limited opportunities this season, came off the bench to head in a dramatic 86th-minute winner at Newcastle on Saturday to send the Premier League title race to the final day.

Then, with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino sidelined due to injury, he scored a brace in an incredible win over Barcelona that saw Liverpool move into the Champions League final.

Klopp praised the striker for his contribution, with Origi up to six goals this season, although he has made just six starts.

"Showing up the way he did, it has been 'Divock Origi week'," he told UK newspapers.

"There was the header at Newcastle, that was crazy. And we don't have to talk about the other night [against Barcelona].

"What Trent Alexander-Arnold did [with his quick corner] was one of the most genius moments I will ever see in football as long as I am alive, but that was not an easy ball. It was bouncing and nine times out of 10, the ball would end up in the stand. This one ended up in the net. It shows what confidence can do and how important it was in this moment as Divock didn't think about it. That is brilliant.

"When you think about how much he was not playing, maybe you think that I don't like the player that much or I don't trust him too much. That is actually not right.

"Divock was just so unlucky and I'm very happy that he is really back on the landscape again."

Klopp, whose team host Wolves on Sunday and need a win along with Brighton and Hove Albion denying Manchester City, also hailed Jordan Henderson.

Henderson has impressed in a more advanced role in recent matches and Klopp said the England midfielder deserved recognition.

"If that doesn't happen after this season, then I lose a little bit of respect for people, to be honest," he said.

"It wasn't only after we brought him into another position, because he had brilliant games in other positions, no doubt [about] that, in the number six for example."

Jurgen Klopp expects Andy Robertson, Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah to be fit for Liverpool's pivotal final Premier League game of the season against Wolves.

Robertson and Henderson were injured during Tuesday's remarkable Champions League comeback victory against Barcelona, with the Reds winning the semi-final second leg 4-0 at Anfield to progress through 4-3 on aggregate.

Klopp replaced left-back Robertson at half-time following a couple of cynical kicks from Luis Suarez, though Henderson managed to complete the full 90 minutes.

Salah missed out on inclusion entirely, meanwhile, due to a head injury sustained in last weekend's 3-2 win at Newcastle United.

But Klopp hopes the influential trio can all recover in time for Sunday's league clash with Wolves, leaving only Roberto Firmino on the sidelines with a groin injury.

Speaking at his pre-match news conference, the German said: "The famous three words of this week in the dressing room have been, 'It's only pain'. Hendo said, 'It's only pain', Robbo said, 'It's only pain' - but it was real pain, wow!

"Unfortunately, Robbo could deal with the pain but only the rest of his body couldn’t because he couldn't really activate the muscle anymore, some nerve hit or whatever. They should be fine [for Sunday].

"Bobby is not [available] for the weekend, but we have time [before the Champions League final] and that should be enough.

"Mo looked good around the celebrations after the game, to be honest! The day before yesterday and yesterday he was running outside and will be part of training today."

Liverpool have five days to recover ahead of the visit of Wolves, who are guaranteed a seventh-place finish - and a possible place in the Europa League - in their first season back in the Premier League.

Klopp has been impressed by Nuno Espirito Santo's men and is anticipating a difficult match at Anfield this weekend. 

"It is a big challenge. They have quality and have created a style of play where every player wants to be a part of it," he said. "It is very rare that in all but three or four games they have used the same players. 

"They have [Ruben] Neves, [Joao] Moutinho, [Leander] Dendoncker in midfield, it's quality. They created a style of play that all the players want to be part of.

"Apart from two or three games, they played exactly the same three players in the last line. That's unbelievable and pretty rare. They have good spirit, good match plan. This is not the first time we played a good counter-attacking team. We will be prepared I'm sure."

Liverpool head into the final round of fixtures sitting second in the table and one point behind Manchester City, who travel to Brighton and Hove Albion.

Virgil van Dijk feels Liverpool's experience of losing in last season's Champions League final can boost them this year.

Mohamed Salah's injury and Loris Karius' terrible individual performance contributed to defeat to Real Madrid in Kiev.

But Liverpool will have a chance to make amends against either Ajax or Premier League rivals Tottenham.

Jurgen Klopp's side produced yet another famous Anfield comeback to stun Barcelona 4-0, progressing 4-3 on aggregate.

And Van Dijk feels the disappointment of Kiev could help to fuel the Reds' fire when they return to the final in Madrid on June 1.

"I think the experience will definitely help us a little bit," Van Dijk told Liverpool's official website. "But if you look at both teams, they are great teams to face.

"We are going to try to do everything that's possible to win it. But it's a final and we know anything can happen. We'll see what's going to happen."

Doubles from unlikely heroes Divock Origi and half-time substitute Georginio Wijnaldum sent Liverpool, who were without injured forwards Salah and Roberto Firmino, into the final.

"I think Divock was unbelievable, Shaq [Xherdan Shaqiri] was a different level," Van Dijk added. "Everyone has the confidence to fill in the job. Obviously everyone has different qualities but you have to use them and today [Tuesday] we showed it a lot.

"Divock was outstanding and was very important for us, keeping the ball. If you see how Gini comes on after obviously a little disappointment of not starting, I think it's outstanding. We can all be proud because everyone plays a part in it."

Club captain Jordan Henderson said he relished the chance to prove critics wrong after Liverpool fell to a 3-0 defeat at Camp Nou in the first leg, Lionel Messi's incredible long-range free-kick capping a win that seemed to have booked a final berth for the LaLiga champions.

"It was an unbelievable night," Liverpool's captain told reporters after the Reds wrote a new chapter in their proud European history in the second leg. "From start to finish I thought the lads were amazing. The atmosphere was amazing. It was just unbelievable.

"I think a lot of people would have written us off but we have a belief in this team. We knew that if we gave everything, you know never know what can happen in football. We said we would fight for everything right to the end.

"I think we proved quite a few people wrong. We showed that if you never give up and you keep trying you can produce special things and create a special night.

"For me, throughout my career, I have always wanted to prove people wrong and that will never change. I will continue to do that until I finish playing football. 

"Football is like that anyway, it changes that quickly. Whether you are winning trophies or not there are always questions asked, someone else saying you cannot do this or that. So there is always things that you want to prove. 

"I want to improve as a footballer and keep getting better to contribute to the team to be successful."

Jordan Henderson hailed Liverpool's "personality and heart" after they overturned a 3-0 first-leg deficit against Barcelona to reach the Champions League final for a second successive season.

Divock Origi got them on their way early on before a quick-fire double from substitute Georginio Wijnaldum after the interval pulled the Reds level on aggregate.

Origi went on to grab a fourth goal as Barcelona were caught out from a quickly taken corner, the Belgian clipping home 11 minutes from time.

Speaking to BT Sport after the dramatic comeback, Henderson said: "I don't think many people gave us a chance. We knew it would be difficult but still possible.

"The belief we have in the changing room is amazing. We knew we could do something special at Anfield. Look at the fans and the lads - this is a special night. This is up there with the best.

"We wanted to start fast. We got an early goal which helped. It wasn't just the goal, it was getting after them and putting them under pressure. We knew if we showed personality and heart then we'd have a chance."

Full-back Andy Robertson, who was withdrawn at half-time for Wijnaldum after picking up an injury, echoed his captain's sentiments.

"I've said so many times this season but what a team," he added. "We believe. People wrote us off. But we believed if we got off to a good start we could do it."

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