Liverpool players have been as “proud” as they have been “gutted” just after their two- win more than Wolves, but the group have been fast to cast their eyes to Madrid.
A planet of possibilities lay in wait for the Reds ahead of the final day of the Premier League season, and it was 1 which Jurgen Klopp’s guys brought to a close on a winning note.
A Sadio Mane double secured a two- win more than Wolves to take Liverpool’s season tally to a club record of 97 points, but final results elsewhere meant the Reds had to settle for second spot.
The exceptional nature of the campaign was not lost, having said that, by fans and players alike just after the complete-time whistle.
For Andy Robertson it was a season which showed how far Liverpool have come, but he was fast to insist to LFCTV that the Reds have been not a flash in the pan as he sent out a warning that “we’re not going anywhere” subsequent season.
And the left-back was also eager to appear ahead to the Champions League final, exactly where the Reds have the chance to make certain 2018/19 can be referred to as 1 “hell of a season”:
“It’s 1 of them, 97 points—if any one provided us that at the start out of the season I feel absolutely everyone would’ve took it.
“We’ve come up against an unbelievable group and for us to get that close, it just shows you how far we’ve come. We’ve come a extended way because final season and closed the gap to City.
“The superior point is that City know we’re right here now and we’re not going anyplace. This squad will remain with each other and we need to have to place every thing into subsequent season.
“We’ve not accomplished substantially incorrect, but we’ll find out from it. We’ve nevertheless got a huge game coming up and then we can concentrate on subsequent season.
“We’ve come up against an unbelievable group, but this group is not undesirable as effectively.”
“We’re in the final now and we need to have to take that 1 step additional that we didn’t take final season.
“If we can do it then it’ll be a hell of a season. We know how tough that game against Tottenham is going to be.”
James Milner, meanwhile, conceded that finishing second just after collecting 97 points is “tough” to swallow, but he nevertheless has his sights on selecting up a piece of silverware come the start out of June.
And it is a trophy the midfielder feels his group-mates and the Liverpool faithful deserve possessing been “unbelievable all year”:
“[It’s] not fantastic [to fall short]. I feel it is 1 of these, at least we’ve fought to the finish and place the wins with each other.
“But however, just after the Everton game it went out of our hands and from that point we never ever got our possibility back seriously.
“It’s difficult when you win 30 games in a season, and I feel if you ask any one in the stadium if they would’ve taken that at the start out of the season they’d most likely say ‘yes’.
“It is disappointing, we have to be proud of what we have achieved—but however it is just quick.
“But, clearly what we did earlier in the week offers us a possibility to redeem ourselves and go on and get a piece of silverware since I feel everyone deserves a bit.
“I feel the group specially, these boys—how they grind out final results and what we’ve been by means of these final two weeks seriously.
“From Barcelona away and placing on a fairly superior overall performance and losing like we did to go, to go to Newcastle with a fast turnaround and grind out a result—and then clearly do what we did mid-week and then bounce back once again currently.
“Knowing it was out of our hands to get that outcome, I’ve not got sufficient superior words to say about the character inside the squad, the potential and the mentality.
“And the fans have been unbelievable all year, they’ve lifted us when we required them and they stuck with us when it is been difficult in games and, like I stated, the boys deserve a bit of silverware but the fans do as effectively.”
Taking to Instagram just after the game, Simon Mignolet commended the group for their brilliant season, even though Mohamed Salah shared his joy at selecting up a second successive Golden Boot:
Gini Wijnaldum and Dejan Lovren have been left disappointed that 97 points weren’t sufficient, but they have been complete of gratitude for the “incredible” assistance all through:
Comparable sentiments have been echoed by Trent Alexander-Arnold, Milner and Robertson, who also stressed that it is now time to “pick ourselves up and appear forward to Madrid”:
Regardless of ending a record-breaking Premier League season with no silverware to commemorate it, Liverpool can hold their heads up higher.
But as we know, the final chapter of the Reds’ story for the 2018/19 campaign remains unwritten as there is an chance to clinch the club’s sixth European Cup against Tottenham on June 1.
Watch out Madrid, Liverpool are on their way.