Why Liverpool beat Manchester United in the Champions League final on Saturday

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The Champions League final saw a Liverpool inspired Barcelona beat a Juventus team full of ex-Manchester United players

Liverpool fans will feel a little sense that they helped Barcelona to another Champions League trophy in last night's match in Berlin.

But it shouldn't get them too down, as the Catalan outfit were victorious over a Juventus side with plenty of Manchester United connections.

In fact, if you squinted your eyes, there was a little bit of a 'North West derby' match up going on in Europe's showcase fixture.

Of course, Gerard Pique is the anomaly in this proposal, having turned out for Barcelona either side of a spell in Manchester, but ex-Anfield heroes Javier Mascherano and Luis Suarez played key roles for Barcelona in the win, with the Argentine superb at the back as the La Liga side stopped Juventus playing for the most part.

And of course former Liverpool favourite Suarez scored the decisive second goal to set Barca on the way to lifting the trophy, and he was also a central figure throughout the game, going close with a shot from outside the box in the first half, and tireless in his work. The Uruguayan's infamous bust-up with one player in the Juventus side added a little spice too, but there wasn't much going on between Suarez and Patrice Evra, thankfully.

For Juve, there were three former United players on display, with Evra, Carlos Tevez and Paul Pogba all playing varying roles in the Red Devils' success in recent years.

The French fullback was of course a vital part of United's side in his eight years at the club, helping them to five Premier League titles and several other trophies - including the Champions League trophy in 2007-08. The Old Trafford outfit were open to him leaving last summer considering he was approaching the twilight of his career, though they wouldn't have expected the 34-year-old to make the final in Berlin having enjoyed a strong debut season at Juventus.

Tevez also played a part in United's Champions League triumph eight years ago, but his time at the club was sullied by his switch to rivals Manchester City. The Argentine, who also turned out for West Ham, had a disappointing night by his standard, struggling to make an impact against Mascherano and Pique.

Pogba was a more positive influence for Juve, and he is someone United fans must feel huge frustration watching, considering the club let him leave on a free transfer after failing to convince him to stay.

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