Liverpool opinion: Liverpool stars are yet to hit their peak and that is great news
Not many handed the Reds a chance of defeating Barcelona after the first leg of the semi-final ended 3-0 but here we are, ready for another Champions League final.
The Reds were hungrier, determined and willing to do that little extra on the night, and it paid dividends as Divock Origi’s opener set the tone for the win.
Nearly every player played out a perfect game for the Reds and now we face Tottenham in the final on 1 June.
Our rivals also had a great comeback against Ajax, and it is going to be an incredible tie at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Miracles have been plentiful in Liverpool’s campaign this season and we need one more to take place on Sunday.
Brighton host Manchester City and need to avoid defeat against the Cityzens to give us a chance of lifting the title.
The Reds have to defeat Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield on Sunday, and Virgil van Dijk believes anything can take place for the Reds (h/t Liverpool Echo):
“We’ll see what’s going to happen in Brighton. If it happens, it happens, we have no influence on that. Anything is still possible.”
The Dutch defender was excellent against Lionel Messi and co. and lauded the team’s performance this season.
Van Dijk wasn’t worried about missing out on the title and claimed the group of players will only get better in the coming years:
“We have a great age group. Between 20 and 27, 28, so hopefully we can do it altogether for the next couple of years at least and grow as a team and hopefully get a lot of success.”
Reds on the right track
Jurgen Klopp has been an incredible signing for us after the tenure of Brendan Rodgers. The German has transformed the club, and this season proves we can give any team a run for their money.
City are just one point ahead of us in the table, and we have more than a chance of winning the Champions League as we should be favourites for that trophy.
That seemed like an impossible scenario when the German took over.
We were never close to the top four, barring that one miraculous season by Rodgers. Now, we have qualified for the Champion League for a third successive time.
The team that Klopp has built has been nothing short of special. Smart signings and sales have made this squad possibly the best we have ever had in Premier League history and the great thing (and scary for the opposition) is that most of our players are yet to hit their potential.
Young and hungry for success
The Champions League defeat last season was hard to take. We gave Real Madrid more than a fight, even without Mohamed Salah, but a couple of mistakes handed the crown to the Spanish giants.
The Reds have been mentality monsters this season, despite Manchester City doing their bit. It has been incredible to see a team so young push City to the absolute limit.
Liverpool have lost just one Premier League game this season, and have been fantastic in the knockout rounds of the Champions League.
Looking through the team, only Daniel Sturridge, Simon Mignolet, Adam Lallana, James Milner and Dejan Lovren are above the age of 29.
From those players, only Milner and Lovren have featured regularly this season. The rest of the side is below the age of 28, and have at least 3 years left at the top of the game.
Drilling down further, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are 27 or younger. The reinvigorated Divock Origi is 24 and Rhian Brewster is 19.
Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum are 28, while Fabinho, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are 25 or younger.
Our defence is littered with young talent too with Joe Gomez, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold being below 21.
Virgil van Dijk is 27, and has several years at the top, while Alisson is just 26.
Liverpool can only improve in the coming years if the crop of players remain and we make small additions to the side.
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The Reds can create history by 1 June with the Premier League and Champions League beckoning, but even if neither trophy comes home, we are in a great position to battle for top honours for a few years.