Virgil Van Dijk has urged Liverpool to ‘give everything’ to win ‘the big one’ when they face Tottenham in next month’s Champions League final.
Liverpool face Spurs in an all-English affair for Europe’s biggest prize in Madrid on June 1, looking to win the first major honour of Jurgen Klopp’s reign at the club.
Van Dijk and Liverpool suffered defeat in last season’s final to Real Madrid, whilst also finishing runners-up in the Premier League this season, and the Dutchman has urged his side to have ‘no regrets’ ahead of the clash.
“It’s going to hurt if you lose – but it’s not the end of the world. The only thing we can do is to give everything and have no regrets if they’re the better team,” said Van Dijk.
“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 [out of three] 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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— Football Faithful (@FootyFaithful_) May 25, 2019