Liverpool’s Croatian international defender Dejan Lovren feels that this current Reds squad is capable of battling for major honours over the next few years under Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds’ number six, who had to deal with plenty of injury concerns this season, is still a vital cog in Klopp’s Liverpool machine and a strong asset to have as part of the squad.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, Lovren was asked about the progress his team has made since Klopp’s arrival in late 2015 and his hopes for the current crop of players in the near future.
“When you look back on the last three years, it was every season improvement.
“When Klopp came, every year we did better and better. Last season we did quite well, we had quite a lot of injuries and reached the final of the Champions League.
“This year, with the new players, we reached second place with 97 points, it’s incredible, and again the final of the Champions League so definitely we are again one of the contenders for next year to do something great. With this team, we can only improve.
“We are still young so we learn every day something new and this is what matters: to keep this team all together in one place and of course, if there are new improvements to come, I mean new players, they are always welcomed. But when you look at the quality, it’s really already quite high.”
Lovren also touched on the disappointment felt around the squad after Manchester City managed to retain their Premier League crown ahead of The Reds last Sunday. However, the centre-back was also eager to highlight the excitement and buzz around having a second Champions League final in a row to look forward to in a couple of weeks.
“It would be a lie if I don’t admit that we are of course disappointed.
“We won the last game at Anfield but when we came to the dressing room it felt strange. We had so many points, 97, we made history for this club when we talk about points but when you look back we can be satisfied.
“We gave everything this season, it was a brilliant season – especially [at] Anfield and I think the fans really enjoyed it, especially the game against Barca. So, at the end we have another final and I’m sure we will come back with big smiles.”
Liverpool will play Spurs in Madrid on June 1st as the clubs battle it out for the biggest prize in European club football.
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