For Liverpool, a season of utter dominance has suddenly hit a slump with three defeats in four games in all competitions having also lost to Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League, last-16 tie.
Klopp and his entire first team were all absent for the fourth round replay at Anfield as part of the club's winter break. The Liverpool manager was criticised for disrespecting the FA Cup, but his youngsters proved up to the task.
It is the first time Liverpool have won the competition, which features each continent's champions, and they became only the second English team to lift the trophy.
Thirteen-time winners Real Madrid were drawn against English champions Manchester City while title-holders Liverpool must face Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 following Monday's draw.
Liverpool and Arsenal both scored 5 goals, but a penalty shootout decided the match 5-4 in favour of Liverpool.
Liverpool opened its bid to end a 30-year English title drought by beating Norwich 4-1 on Friday, with four goals in the first half against the Premier League newcomers.
An early goal from Mohamed Salah and a late one from Divock Origi gave Liverpool a win over Tottenham Hotspur in all-English Champions League final
Liverpool will be seeking its sixth European title when it faces fellow English club Tottenham on Saturday in Madrid.
The Reds went into the match at Anfield trailing 3-0 from the first leg and deprived of injured star attacking duo Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
With long-serving captain Vincent Company's stunning goal, Manchester City stands on for the Premier League title.
Salah, the first African player to hit 30 English Premier League goals in a season, now has Ian Rush's record of 47 goals for Liverpool in a season firmly in his sights.
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