Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp vowed that they will return next season and has told fans to book their hotels for next year’s Champions League final. They were denied a seventh Champions League as they lost 1-0 to Real Madrid in the final. Vinicius Junior scored the winner after Thibaut Courtois put on a spectacular display in goal for the La Liga champions.
“It’s not bad to get to the final – it’s kind of a success although not the success you want to have,” Jurgen Klopp said after losing the Champions League final. “I have a strong feeling we will come again. The boys are really competitive and are an outstanding group – they will be that again next season. And we go again. Where’s it next season? Istanbul? Book the hotel!”
“The mood in the dressing room makes it feel like not a great season at this moment – we’ll need a few minutes or hours for that,” he added. “We played a good, not a perfect game. A perfect game wouldn’t have been possible with how the opponent set up with the deep formation, counter-attacks, and long balls – that was tricky. Like the disallowed goal in the first half was a long ball that we couldn’t defend in the first place. We had a lot of shots but not the clearest – only three forced (Thibaut) Courtois into top saves.”
“We conceded a goal from a throw-in. (Federico) Valverde wanted to shoot, Vinicius was there and that’s it,” he concluded. “The boys tried everything, especially at 1-0 down then we played like we wanted to play before. We had our midfielders too deep. It’s a threat they are with counter-attacks. We wanted to be braver in the second half. That’s what we said at half-time. We played around them. We should have played more in the formation than around them.”