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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Liverpool’s regret: the end of the season of ages is sour

PARIS ( Associated Press) – Forty-three games. Four losses. two trophies.

And lots of disappointment.

That’s the scenario facing Liverpool players as they return home from their painful Champions League final defeat in Paris on Sunday in a trophy parade through their city.

They will smile on that bus. They will accept cheers from their adorable fans. But deep down, there will be thoughts of what could have been.

“Even if no one on this planet will understand that we have a parade, we will do it,” Klopp said, “and I really hope that everyone who has had a chance to visit Liverpool And celebrates with us a wonderful season we all had together.

“It didn’t end like we wanted it to. But, yes, it’s a fact.”

Only a week ago Liverpool stood at the pinnacle of immortality. The quadruple major trophies were within tantric reach for possibly the biggest single season ever by a club in football history.

Except Manchester City made a surprising late comeback – three goals in five minutes – to finish one point ahead of Liverpool in the final day’s win in the Premier League last weekend. Klopp’s side then lost 1-0 to Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday and were denied a seventh European Cup.

The history books will say that Liverpool finished the 2021–22 season with League Cup and FA Cup trophies, both secured after a 0–0 draw following a penalty shootout.

Somehow, it all seems so hollow, even though it really shouldn’t be.

“The dressing room is quiet, devastated,” said Liverpool overtly Andrew Robertson.

The crowd problems that surrounded the final in Paris also left a bitter taste at the end of a long season that may have caught on to Liverpool, with players on the field who were not at 100% fitness and were mentally exhausted . , also, he competed after reaching the final game of all four competitions.

Nevertheless, even though it was not the smoothest and quickest performance by the Reds at the Stade de France, they still had 24 shots compared to Madrid’s four and a man-of-the-match from Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to keep it up. -Match performance was required. out of Liverpool.

Courtois said it was his best to save his fingers on the post from a shot from Sadio Mane in the first half, although in the 81st the blast in Mohamed Salah’s right leg – the Belgian goalkeeper took his right hand out and hit the ball. widened a bit. Post – Really took my breath away.

There was much talk about Madrid’s winning culture that other teams couldn’t match – and the Spanish team’s trophies are proof of that – but the match could easily have gone the other way.

As Klopp put it: “He scored a goal, we didn’t. That’s the easiest explanation in the world of football.”

“When the goalkeeper is man of the match,” he said, “then something is going wrong for the other team.”

Liverpool knows how to respond to big setbacks. After losing to Madrid in the 2018 Champions League final as well, the team returned the following year by winning the competition.

When Liverpool missed out on the Premier League title in 2019 by one point, the team won the title the following year.

So it’s no surprise that Klopp was in a bullish mood.

“I have a strong feeling that we will come again,” he said. “The boys are really competitive. It’s an excellent group together. We’ll have an excellent group next season.”

And his message to fans?

“Where’s Next Season?” He asked about the Champions League final. “Istanbul? Book a hotel.”

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