Liverpool’s ‘mentality monsters’ have one game left to earn trophy from this season which has been exceptional in every other way for them. Saturday brings the Champions League final against Tottenham Hotspur, and with it lies the hopes and dreams of millions of Liverpool fans across the globe.
It’s the second Champions League final in two seasons for the Reds. Last season’s battle against Real Madrid ended in heartbreak, so they’re looking to right that wrong against Spurs.
Lifting the European trophy would be a fitting reward for this group of players who have played some of the best football on the continent, if not in the world, this season.
“This team has been tested all season,” Andy Robertson said, “and people have questioned whether we can keep up with City, keep going with our title charge and keep going in the Champions League - ‘Should we concentrate on one of them?’ Of course we just fell short in the Premier League but we did keep up with Man City. We took them right until the last day and they won it by a point. I think I said after the game, credit goes to them but we did push them and we had a hell of a season and, of course, disappointment. But [it’s] one we can look back on with pride when the time comes.”
It’s been weeks for that disappointment to settle with the players and the fans, and certainly the anticipation of another European final was some consolation for missing out on the coveted number 19.
“Now we need to try to go and get a trophy because we feel that [with] everything we’ve put in this season then it would be amazing to cap it off like that. The way the fans have conducted themselves this season as well, they deserve a trophy after the disappointment of last season and obviously the last day of this season. We hope that we can do that for them and we hope we can do it for the club. That’s got to be our motivation.”