Jose Mourinho has named six Liverpool players in his Champions League team of the season but only one Tottenham man made the cut.
Alisson, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah were all selected by Mourinho as he picked his side on RT television show ‘On the Touchline with Jose Mourinho’.
Christian Eriksen was the only Spurs player to make his team despite Mauricio Pochettino’s sides’ march to the final.
“I go to Alisson, especially because yesterday [in the final] he was there when the needed him to be there,” Mourinho told RT.
“The two full-backs also have to be Liverpool players, amazing players, [Trent] Alexander-Arnold and [Andy]Robertson. Amazing character and personality. One [Alexander-Arnold] is a local boy, another [Robertson] is a Scottish boy that a few years ago was relegated with Hull City.
“And both they are physical, they are aggressive, they are what I call in football ‘the good arrogance’, they are not afraid to play, they go forward, they participate in attack.
“And even in a game yesterday under huge pressure they were very, very good.
“Van Dijk is a king, he is a huge personality. Positionally, a top top player.”
Lionel Messi got a space in the side but Cristiano Ronaldo missed out on a place in Mourinho’s team.
“In spite of a disappointing second leg at Anfield, Messi,” Mourinho added. “No Ronaldo with an incredible comeback against Atletico [Madrid], no Ronaldo because he didn’t reach the semifinals.
“But Messi did and did an amazing semi-final first leg too.”
Ajax players Matthijs de Ligt, Donny van de Beek and Frenkie de Jong made up the XI and Mourinho said: “big personalities and players with a huge future.”