'Frustrated' van Dijk aiming for Champions League triumph after title-race heartache

Paola Ditto
Mag 15, 2019

Klopp pointed to City's financial power, backed by the club's Abu Dhabi owners, as a principal reason why they will not be easy to overhaul. We did as well but they won it. They helped to push us and to increase our standards from last season. I can read all the numbers.

"Oh mate, I just...", he said. That is what we feel.

I am not anxious that this is as good as it can be.

"Just remember that the reason that they're the best team in the league is because you pushed them all the way", Gavin replied.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson believes his side can hold their heads high despite missing out on the Premier League title by a solitary point. "That is the plan".

Former Premier League striker Dion Dublin has joked he would score double figures at the age of 50 if Liverpool full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson were delivering balls into the box for him.

Manchester City managed to overcome an early setback following Glenn Murray's goal to seal a 4-1 victory over 17th-placed Brighton at Amex Stadium. "This team is not the finished article", he said. It was a boost to a very good atmosphere, going nuts.

Following that they will have a one-week training camp in Spain (in Marbella or Majorca) before moving on to Madrid arriving two days before the final on May 30. It was clear when the atmosphere was not ecstatic any more something had happened we didn't like at Brighton.

Guardiola would become the first manager to complete the single-season English domestic treble of league, FA Cup and League Cup titles with a win at Wembley but he was already thinking beyond that to next season.

"It's hard and they've been awesome, but hopefully we can give them something in the Champions League final [against Tottenham] in a few weeks". Liverpool are in the best moment for a long time and it will not end because another team have one more point. "I think Liverpool will start the final as favourites and then it's up to Klopp, with his coaches and maybe some outside experts, to look at the current crop of players and decide if they're good enough, but damn it they were good enough to get 97 points". We accept that, no problem.

Yet they're still to get over the hurdle and it may be a while before they come this close again.

"I don't think they need to worry one little bit".

"I can not deny I am so exhausted, but at the same time winning the title gives you a lot of energy", said Guardiola on Sunday. "We know how hard that game against Tottenham is going to be". "Let's enjoy it and appreciate it but work on it to improve and get stronger".

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