Georginio Wijnaldum insists Liverpool’s inspirational display in last season’s Champions League has established themselves as one of the powerhouses in the European circuit.
The Reds were on the brink of creating history as they got past the likes of Porto, Manchester City and AS Roma to step into the final of Europe’s premier tournament. But A untimed shoulder injury to Mohamed Salah and a late Gareth Bale show dashed their hopes as Madrid got away with the Champions League trophy for a record third time back to back.
Since that day Liverpool have made significant progress as Jurgen Klopp has worked day and night on their defensive attributes to plug the gap in the backline. Added to that, Virgil van Dijk’s presence has proved to be a telling factor for the Reds who are yet to lose a match in the Premier League.
Wijnaldum said, “It was amazing to be part of.
“What I loved the most about the Champions League was the games at home. The atmosphere was different than usual. Anfield comes alive on big European nights. It was wonderful.
“We beat some very good teams. Everyone in Europe knows who we are right now.
“It was just unfortunate how things went in the final against Real Madrid. Things didn’t go our way but we learned a lot from the experiences of last season.”