Provocateur Jurgen Klopp has vowed Liverpool will come back stronger next season and told fans to book hotels for next year’s Champions League final in Istanbul.
Liverpool were denied a seventh European crown as Real Madrid once again became kings of the continent thanks to Vinicius Junior’s strike in a Champions League showpiece marred by chaos outside the Stade de France.
Kick-off had to be delayed by 37 minutes due to major security concerns outside the Paris stadium, where Liverpool were eventually beaten 1-0.
Klopp’s Reds were unable to find a response to the second-half strike as Carlo Ancelotti, scoring a record fifth Champions League final just a year after leaving Everton, oversaw the triumph of the Spanish giants in the European Cup in 14th.
It was the heartbreaking end to a momentous season for Liverpool, who won the Carabao Cup and FA Cup before being rocketed to the Premier League title by a point by Manchester City and losing in the French capital.
Klopp, however, has full confidence in his team to return next season.
“It’s not bad to get to the final – it’s kind of a success even if it’s not the success you want to have,” he said. BT Sports.
“I have a strong feeling that we will be back. The boys are really competitive and an exceptional group – they will be again next season. And we are going back. Where is it next season? Istanbul? Book the hotel! “
“The mood in the dressing room makes it look like the season isn’t great right now – we’ll need a few minutes or hours for that,” he added.
“We played a good game, not a perfect game. A perfect game would not have been possible with the way the opponent set up with the deep formation, the counter-attacks and the long balls – c “It was tricky. Like the disallowed goal in the first half. It was a long ball that we couldn’t defend in the first place. We had plenty of shots but not the clearest ones – just three forced (Thibaut) Courtois to make the best saves.
“We conceded a goal from a touch. (Federico) Valverde wanted to shoot, Vinicius was there and that’s it.
“The boys tried everything, especially at 1-0, then we played the way we wanted to play before. We had our midfielders too deep. It’s a threat that they pose with the counter-attacks. We wanted to be braver in the second half. That’s what we said to each other at half-time. We played around them. We should have played more in the formation than around them.”
Klopp’s team will return home on Sunday and take part in a parade around the city.
The club and board decided to go ahead with the parade after the Reds won the Carabao and FA Cups this season.
“And tomorrow we will celebrate the season,” Klopp said.
“It’s good that we don’t have to do it now immediately. But after a night’s sleep and maybe another talk or another speech from me, the boys will realize how special it was. they did. Even if no one on this planet would understand that we have a parade tomorrow, we will do it again and I really hope that everyone who is lucky enough to arrive in Liverpool will be there tomorrow and celebrate a season with us fantastic that we all had together. It didn’t end the way we wanted but yes, those are facts.
“But, as I said, the club is in a good moment, we will go back.”
Robertson: Real know how to win finals
Andy Robertson gave an insight into Liverpool’s dressing room after their defeat in Paris, and said Real Madrid’s experience in the Champions League final came to light in the end.
He said BT Sports: “It is obviously [the dressing room] is calm, devastated – that’s what happens when you get to the final and you don’t win.
“We had chances, we came up against an amazing keeper tonight, he made some amazing saves.
“But if we’re also honest, I think we could have played a bit better, especially in the second half. I think we played well in the first half, we were in control, we were the ones pushing. In the second half we didn’t start well, they started to control the game a bit more.
“When you’re up against an experienced team, they know how to win finals. Once they got in there, they showed it.”
Ancelotti: I am the record holder
Real Madrid coach Ancelotti described himself as “the record man” and hailed his side’s victory as the first manager to win the Champions League for the fourth time.
“I can’t believe it. We had a fantastic season,” he said.
“We suffered a lot in the first half but in the end we deserved to win this competition.
“I am the record holder. I had the chance to come here last year and as usual I found a fantastic club with a very good team with a lot of quality and mental character.
“The season has been great.