They were hence determined to make it big in the Champions League.
Mohamed Salah and Jurgen Klopp celebrate.
A shoulder injury forced Salah out of the Kyiv showpiece previous year.
They can't anymore at Liverpool.
Though the ball initially hit Sissoko's shoulder, it did then brush his arm, and a brief VAR check confirmed a penalty which seemed to split opinion elsewhere.
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah became the fifth different African player to score in a Champions League/European Cup final, after Rabah Madjer, Samuel Eto'o, Didier Drogba and Sadio Mane.
Another major difference from last year's disappointment was the giant presence of Alisson in goal as opposed to the hapless Lloris Karius, who gifted goals to Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale in Kiev.
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Robbie Savage was not convinced in Liverpool's first half performance though.
As the Reds lifted a sixth European title at Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, New Zealand supporters revelled in Liverpool's latest triumph.
No wonder Klopp was relieved after six losing finals, stretching back to his spell at Borussia Dortmund.
Klopp can now cast off that mantle and instead be known as the manager who restored Liverpool to the pinnacle of European competition.
"You go through tough times in a season, but what he has done since coming in is unbelievable", said Henderson.
Liverpool made it to the final by defeating Barcelona 4-0 in early May, overturning a first-leg deficit in a stunning win.
Klopp was already a much-loved figure - now his name will be written into club folklore.
Twenty-four hours previously, Klopp had joked about being the world-record holder at winning semi-finals.