Liverpool defender, Virgil van Dijk hopes Liverpool can do better than the miracle against Barcelona in the Champions League final, next week in the final.
Liverpool, with Van Dijk as captain, overturned a 3-0 first-leg deficit with a 4-0 win at Anfield in the return fixture to advance 4-3 on aggregate, reaching the final for the second year running.
Last season, though, after beating Roma at this same stage, they lost out in the final vs Real Madrid.
Van Dijk is hoping that will not be the case this year.
His words to the Guardian, “I could not sleep much [after Barcelona], maybe two hours,”
“From the moment we arrived at the stadium, you had the feeling it could be something special. When Divock Origi scored that early goal, you could feel the belief. Everything was perfect that night.
“It wasn’t like we had luck. We totally deserved it because anyone would say a team 3-0 down against Barcelona is not going to do it. Messi’s going to score – and if they scored one, it was almost impossible.
“But we did it. It was nuts. You can’t really describe it. Hopefully we can finish it off now and make an even bigger memory.”
“We’re not thinking about losing or how we’re going to overcome this barrier of losing the Premier League by one point, then losing the Champions League,”
“That’s not worth thinking about. I’m thinking about playing to our best ability with all our talent and experience.
“I read that if we win the Champions League, our next two games are the Community Shield and European Super Cup. We can win three cups in three games. It’s something we strive for.
“We were close in the Premier League, but now we have a chance to win the Champions League, the big one. We’re going to give it everything we’ve got.”
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