KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 26:  Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid lifts The UEFA Champions League trophy following their sides victory in the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Liverpool at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on May 26, 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

5 Things We Learned From Real Madrid's History-Making 3-1 Win Over Liverpool in the UCL Final

Real Madrid secured their third Champions League crown - the 13th of their history and fourth in the last five years - on Saturday after claiming a historic 3-1 victory over Liverpool in Kiev on Saturday evening. 


A bizarre Karim Benzema opener and two goals from Gareth Bale were enough to counteract Sadio Mane's strike, although Loris Karius was certainly a man in the headlines after a duo of costly blunders. 


However, as the dust settles over the capital of Ukraine and the respective winners and losers head back to both Merseyside and the Spanish capital, let's take a look at five things we learned. 

1. Loris Karius's Liverpool Career Is Over

Although Karius was evidently distraught as the full-time whistle was blown, there is little doubt the German's time at Anfield has now come to an end. 


The stopper's plea to the Reds faithful after the match - despite taking courage - will forever be overshadowed by his pair of howlers which effectively cost his side the chance to take the contest to extra time. 


Whether the 24-year-old has what it takes, mentally, to fully recover from Saturday evening and find success elsewhere remains to be seen, but the chances of the custodian pulling on the Liverpool shirt again are slim to none. 

2. Gareth Bale Must Stay in Madrid

Consistent speculation has surrounded Bale regarding his future throughout the season, with it claimed the Welshman is not a man Zinedine Zidane wants within his squad. 


However, if there was ever an evening which showcased the capabilities of the world's former most expensive player, his Champions League starring cameo was it. 


Despite his scintillating recent form, the 28-year-old Cardiff-born attacker started out on the substitutes' bench. 


Yet at full-time, Bale proved to be the difference between the two sides - with his stunning bicycle kick two minutes after being introduced one of the reasons why Real Madrid must do all they can to keep hold of one of their most prized assets this summer. 

3. Big Summer Ahead for Liverpool

Although it will be an exceptionally small silver lining to a very dark cloud in the immediate fallout, Jurgen Klopp's men deserve high levels of credit for reaching the Champions League final this year - particularly in the fashion they did. 


A weakened side in comparison to some of Europe's other big hitters and a negative net spend highlights the German manager's achievement even more so, especially considering the likes of Manchester City, Barcelona's topplers AS Roma and several others were simply blown away by the Anfield wrath. 


However, the upcoming summer is now imperative for Liverpool to build again, with certain areas of the pitch needing significant attention. And if they were able to strengthen effectively, there is no reason why Manchester City or even Real Madrid's silverware would not be realistic targets next season.  

4. Mohamed Salah Heartbreak as Jurgen Klopp's Final Hoodoo Continues

Undoubtedly, one significant aspect which swung the tie in Los Blancos's favour was the departure of Mohamed Salah midway through the first half. 


After the Egyptian's teary-eyed removal, Real Madrid's confidence continued to grow, and the Reds simply did not have enough to counteract the Spaniards without their main man. 


However, Klopp's lack of success in finals continues to shadow over the German, with Saturday's defeat the sixth of his seven major trophy showdowns. 


And although there was no evidence of the same mistakes made against Sevilla in the Europa League final two years ago, Kiev did not see the typical Liverpool performance it expected. 


Maybe it was Salah's departure; maybe Real Madrid were just that good; or maybe it's something else. 

5. A New Era of Real Madrid History Makers

However, when all is said and done, Zidane's men will go down in the history books as having secured their third straight elite European title this weekend - the first team to do so since Bayern Munich in the 1970s as well as the only side in the Champions League era. 


For five consecutive years, Spain has held the bragging rights - with Barcelona the only other outfit in that period to lift the trophy aside from Los Blancos. 


And with this summer set to be one where Florentino Perez reaches into his pocket and adds even further quality to the squad, there is a question which must be asked. 


Is there a side out there who can take Real Madrid's crown?