Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk insists the win in the Champions League final will make up for the lack of the Premier League title

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk insists the win in the Champions League final will make up for the lack of the Premier League title

The frustrated Virgil van Dijk wants to finish the season on high in Madrid
Liverpool were pipped to the Premier League title, despite accumulating 97 points
Van Dijk wants to regain heartbreak when he faces Tottenham on June 1

A frustrated Virgil van Dijk is looking to end the season on high with a Champions League win after being called up for the title by Manchester City.

The Liverpool defender, who traded the Professional Football Players Association Player of the Year award for a championship medal in the blink of an eye,
was encouraged by
how close they pressed Pep Guardiola’s team in their field.

While he is confident that he can challenge again next season, thoughts have turned to make up for last year’s heartbreak in Kiev when they face Tottenham.
in Madrid on June 1.

‘Congratulations to the City, they deserved a point and it was a great title race. I liked everything, “said the captain of the Netherlands.

That does not mean it’s all over. We take many things with us, we will accept this and hope that we can challenge next year and do even better.

“We have to look on the bright side and remember that we are still in Madrid, we hope we can finish the season on high. That’s what we’re going to try to do.

“It’s fantastic to be in the Champions League final twice in a row, I hope we can do a little better this time.”

Liverpool’s 97-point number would have won the title in 117 of the previous 120 seasons – based on points per game and taking three points for a win in all
previous campaigns.

They lost only one game – crucially at City in January – but it was not good enough, as City beat them by one point to become the first team in a decade to
successfully defend the Premier League.

“Frustrated is the right word, I think we’ll all be a bit disappointed because we’re so close,” added the Dutchman.

“To get 97 points, to play football as we play all season, we have to be very proud. I do not care about another opinion.

“We worked hard every day to be as close as possible, but City was a little better than us, and it’s also football.”

Van Dijk’s influence on the Liverpool season was huge, helping the team through 21 clean sheets that saw goalkeeper Alisson Becker receive the Golden Glove award.

This form earned him the PFA individual award, but he admits he would rather have another trophy to celebrate.

“It’s a great honor, a great honor, but I would immediately switch to the Premier League title,” he said.

“Getting recognition for what I did this season is always good, especially as a defender, but it all depends on everyone around me, and without everyone else
who worked with me, playing with me would not be possible. ‘

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