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'Best night of my life': Liverpool heroes Jurgen Klopp and Jordan Henderson react to Champions League success

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp finally gets his hands on the Champions League trophy.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp finally gets his hands on the Champions League trophy.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and captain Jordan Henderson said winning the Champions League was the best moment of their professional lives.

Speaking from the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in the midst of a cacophony of noise from the travelling Kop, the duo were overcome with emotion.

Victorious boss Klopp told BT Sport: "I'm so happy for the boys. I'm so happy for all these people, I'm so happy for my family, they suffer every year when we go to the final last game of the season and we lose it.

"Did you ever see a team like this? Fighting with absolutely no fuel in the tank any more.

"We have a goalkeeper that makes difficult things look easy, very nice thank you very much. This is unbelievable, what a night, the night will be much better now.

"It's really the best night of my life professional-wise."

On finally winning a trophy on the seventh attempt, Klopp added: "It took a while obviously.

"We tried a lot of times but it's important of course that we develop and improve. It's always like this but we are doing good steps.

"This little mark helps a lot, so now we can carry on."

On lifting the trophy, Henderson added: "I'm so proud to be part of this football club. I've been here a long time now, but to captain it is even more special for me.

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

"There has been tough times and it has been difficult throughout my career but I've kept going, just like this team has kept going, and you have moments like this.

"This is the best moment of my life - apart from my children. This is what I've dreamed of since I was a kid.

"It's not about me, it's not about me captaining and lifting the trophy, it's special of course for me, but it's about this football club and these players. It's about this manager and now we need to keep going and kick on."

Skipper Henderson was also full of praise for his manager, telling BT Sport: "Like I've said before, without the manager this isn't possible.

"What he's done since he's come to this football club is unbelievable, not only the players that he's brought in to make the squad stronger, the players that were already here he's made better.

"He's created a special dressing room, so all the praise and everything goes to the manager."

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