Published: Wed, May 15, 2019
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Van Dijk aiming for Champions League triumph after title loss

Van Dijk aiming for Champions League triumph after title loss

Liverpool's 2-0 win over Wolves was rendered irrelevant by City's 4-1 victory at Brighton, leaving the Anfield faithful frustrated after it briefly appeared they might witness two football miracles in the space of a week.

Three points on the south coast ensured that the match at Liverpool's would not impact proceedings, with the Reds needing to better City's result to claim a maiden Premier League title.

"As long as City are around, with the quality they have, the financial power and all that stuff, it's not that any other team will pass them easily", said Klopp, whose side lost only one league game all season, to City in January, and still missed out.

"To get 97 points, to play football like we have played all season, we have to be very, very proud", said Van Dijk.

"Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho, Sir Alex Ferguson and now Pep Guardiola really are the great managers of the Premier League era".

Klopp and his backroom staff had two post-season scenarios in place before the stunning Champions League comeback against Barcelona and will allow players a five-day break following their usual recovery session yesterday.

Liverpool have been unbelievable all season as they've lost just once in the Premier League, but they still find themselves trailing City by a solitary point and it'll stay that way unless the Seagulls can do the Reds a huge favour.

"It was the hardest and most satisfying Premier League title win ever", smiled Kompany.

'This is the opposite of what we have come to expect from champion City sides. If we are ready to make the next step, we will.

"Next season will be tougher, but we'll be stronger too".

Klopp said: "We have qualified for the Champions League final".

I know the rest of the top six will all sign players in the summer, but looking at them now I don't think they will be anywhere near City or Liverpool. "This team is not the finished article", he said.

That is why the Reds can not rest and be too satisfied with their achievements, because they will have to improve further if they are going to challenge again.

"We've not done much wrong, but we'll learn from it", Robertson told Liverpool's website.

'It is in watching Guardiola on the sidelines that we see the stress, the agony, the pressure that has been relentless since setting out last August, requiring 18 wins out of 19 since Christmas to stay ahead of Jurgen Klopp's brilliant Liverpool'. But I think it's a joy to watch, this title race, for neutral fans.

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