After Liverpool’s crushing 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final last season, it would’ve taken a brave man to say where the Reds would go from there.
The travelling supporters had to witness Mohamed Salah go off early through injury, and also had to watch on in agony as Loris Karius single-handedly gifted Los Blancos two goals, and leave the pitch in tears after full-time.
Would Jurgen Klopp’s men have used the hurt of that game to kick on and put things right, or would they let it eat away at them and effect their chances of success for the next campaign? It was certainly a big call to make.
Luis Suarez certainly had no qualms about celebrating against his former employers in the video below…
However, Glenn Hoddle, who was commentating on the showpiece event, hit the nail on the head.
As the Liverpool players received their runner-up medals, Hoddle said: “I think they should be proud of how they’ve played this season. It’s a long, long campaign to get through to the final of the Champions League, and it could’ve been easy that they slipped out of the top four.
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“It’s a great sign that this squad has managed to get to the final here, stayed in the top four for next year, and they can build on that. Klopp’s got to bring in two, three, maybe four new players, and I think they can challenge City if they get a keeper sorted out, another centre-back, another one in midfield. They’ve got the nucleus of a really good team here.”
As we now know, Liverpool did challenge City for the Premier League title, losing out by just a single point after an excellent campaign in which they lost just one game.
They did so, as Hoddle suggested, by bringing in a new goalkeeper to replace Loris Karius with the £67m arrival of Alisson Becker, and also got ‘another one in midfield’ by splashing out £43.7m on Fabinho.
Klopp didn’t sign a new centre-back, but the emergence of Joe Gomez in the role alongside Virgil van Dijk was a huge part of their early season success and eventual foundation for a title charge, and also making another Champions League final.
Maybe Michael Edwards and Klopp should liaison with Hoddle in regards to future plans for the club…