Yo Adrian, he did it
Liverpool's previous European final in Istanbul saw a goalkeeper become an unlikely hero.
This time, though, it was an unlikely goalkeeper becoming the inevitable hero .
Alisson Becker's injury opened the door for Adrian, barely 10 days since arriving at the club, to become the first-ever player to make his full debut for the club in a European final.
And on the bench was Andy Lonergan, signed two days earlier after helping out in the summer, and half-fit youngster Caoimhin Kelleher.
Adrian's evening was eventful. He couldn't do much about Olivier Giroud's opener and made good saves from Mateo Kovacic and substitute Tammy Abraham as Chelsea threatened.
However, a subsequent unwise rush to meet Abraham gave the striker sufficient reason to hit the deck. Referee Stephanie Frappart – otherwise excellent – pointed to the spot, even though television replays suggested the Chelsea youngster had gone to ground rather easily .
If only there was some sort of technology to check these things and help Frappart, who became the first woman to officiate a major men's UEFA final, reach a more conclusive decision.
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That, though, would have denied Adrian his moment of glory and a modicum of revenge – if he was ever such minded – by stopping Abraham's effort in the subsequent penalty shoot-out before being buried under an avalanche of delighted team-mates.
In terms of ingratiating himself to his new club and building confidence, Adrian has fast-tracked his way into the Anfield annals.
Okay, it's not the Champions League. But it's a trophy. And just ask any successful side – that winning habit is one that's difficult to beat.
Ox has a way to go
477 days. 68 weeks. Sixteen months.
Whichever way it's described, the length of time Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has waited for a Liverpool start is not inconsiderable.
The road back from the serious knee injury suffered against Roma in the Champions League semi-final in April 2018 has been long and at times difficult.
But, having gained welcome minutes and come through a tough pre-season programme, Oxlade-Chamberlain was here in the starting line-up for the first time since that fateful Anfield evening.
Positioned on the left of the front three, the 25-year-old started brightly enough, dashing around like someone quite rightly hoping to make up for lost time.
There was a flash of Oxlade-Chamberlain's quality with a pass with the outside of his foot that set Mohamed Salah away for a chance saved by Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa.
However, playing in a relatively unusual position in a woefully underperforming team didn't help his cause, his half-time substitution no surprise.
Oxlade-Chamberlain's return was part of the reason Klopp wasn't hugely motivated to spend big on bolstering his midfield in the summer.
This was a landmark evening for the player. But it also demonstrated that supporters shouldn't expect too much too soon.
There remains a fair bit to go until Oxlade-Chamberlain is back to being the explosive player we all know.
Matip muddies waters as defending concerns again
A sliding challenge lapped up by the Liverpool fans. A timely interception or two. And a show of strength that almost put Christian Pulisic into the crowd.
The game was barely 10 minutes old and already Joel Matip had announced himself back in the Liverpool team.
Matip, an impressive fixture during the second half of last season, could count himself unlucky to have found himself behind Joe Gomez in the pecking order come the new campaign.
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Evidently, then, he was eager to make an impact on his reintroduction alongside Virgil van Dijk.
Come the end of the game, though, the Cameroonian had actually done his cause more harm than good, some solid back play and reading of the game sullied by an at times inability to find any of his team-mates with a pass.
It wasn't just Matip. Liverpool's collective defending was a worry throughout pre-season, and the return of key personnel has seemingly done little to alter the fact stellar standards of last term remain some way off. Chelsea weren't as forgiving as Norwich City last weekend.
But again, the defence wasn't helped by a midfield that misfired too much for comfort.
Southampton away on Saturday won't be easy, especially after a draining extra time period. Nor will Arsenal the following week.
Liverpool need to remember what got them to Istanbul in the first place.