Then star forward Mohamed Salah's left shoulder appeared injured when he was dragged to the ground in a tangling fall with wily Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.
Gareth Bale stunner and goalkeeping howler see Real Madrid crowned European champions again.
The England worldwide played three years in the first-team for Sunderland, from 2008 to 2011, playing 71 games and scoring four goals.
Ticket holders thanked Mayor Anderson for his efforts, but could not hide their bitterness at missing Liverpool's historic game against Real Madrid - their first Champions League final since winning the competition in 2005.
Bale needed just 122 seconds to make an impact after replacing Isco, with a stunning overhead kick restoring Madrid's lead on the night .
France defender Varane, though not free of blame for Liverpool's equaliser, was essential to ensuring the Reds' energetic start came to nothing as he eventually finished with six clearances - twice more than any other player on the pitch. The first leg at the La Rosaleda stadium in Spain ended in a drab goalless draw, and Dortmund being the away team, came back home with a disadvantage. "The most important thing is to maintain that level, to [keep] doing what I've done next season as well".
It left Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp reeling from a sixth successive loss in a final, including a 2013 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich while Borussia Dortmund coach.
For Madrid it was about one man proving Zidane wrong.
Karius had little to do early in the game as Liverpool threatened to sweep Madrid aside in an impressive first 25 minutes. Out in Kiev for the game, there's little doubt that the suspended Sky Sports pundit will be feeling worse for wear this morning, but he quite obviously doesn't care all too much, considering his response to the video.
Within three minutes of replacing Isco, Bale made the flawless entrance by scoring one of the finest goals in a European final.