Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has claimed that winning the Champions League over Premier League rivals Tottenham would be a ‘deserved’ end to their 2018/19 season.
Having produced an emphatic comeback against Barcelona in the semi-final, Jurgen Klopp’s squad prepare to face Tottenham in the final in Madrid on June 1.
The Merseyside club were on track for domestic success as they beat Wolves 2-0 on the final day of the 2018/19 Premier League season, but the result was not enough to thwart the impressive performance of Manchester City who claimed a second successive title.
Although they failed to clinch the league’s highest honour, Wijnaldum suggested that the Reds have a proven formula for victory which they will do their best to deploy as they face Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
1 – Liverpool became the first team in top-flight history to win as many as 30 games and 97 points in a season and not win the title. Additionally, no side has ever previously lost just one game in a top-flight season and not won the title. Margins.
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Reflecting on Liverpool’s end of season Premier League results,
“But now we have a game that we can control, so we have to bring that to a good end.
2 – Georginio Wijnaldum is the first substitute to score twice in a Champions League match for Liverpool since Ryan Babel against Besiktas in 2007. He’s also the first ever sub to score twice against Barcelona in the competition. Genie. #LIVBAR
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“If you look at the games where we still managed to win – Everton at home, Fulham away, Newcastle away and I probably forget five or six more difficult games that we still managed to win.
“We gave it our all but in the end it wasn’t enough.”