Former Liverpool academy graduate Conor Coady says that Liverpool’s Champions League triumph in Madrid was just reward for what was a hugely impressive season from Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.
In a Q&A session with Liverpoolfc.com, Coady said that he had been on holiday in Croatia with his family when the final was played.
“I was in Croatia, I was watching it with my family. It was a great night – not just for Liverpool fans but I think it was a great night for football because how well Liverpool had done in the season, I thought they deserved to win it. Tottenham are a brilliant team, a fantastic team. As a football fan, it probably wasn’t the best of finals. But I think they deserved it after the season they had.”
Coady went on to compliment Klopp’s Liverpool and said he felt they deserved to also win the Premier League title.
“The way Liverpool went about it and how they did it, they deserved to win the league. I think that’s why everybody is happy that they won the Champions League because they deserved something from the season.
“… To gather 97 points over a season is absolutely remarkable, they lost one game against Manchester City – which is ridiculous. The way they have gone about it, they can be proud.”
Coady had some special praise for his fellow centre-back, PFA Players’ Player of the Year winner Virgil van Dijk.
“Everybody realises how good he is as a footballer, what he has done for Liverpool in the last couple of years and how he has approached the football club and improved the defence and the whole team. The best thing about him is he is always in control of what he is doing, he is in control of an attacker, he is in control of how to defend a one-v-one. I remember when Son was running at him in the Champions League final, you always knew he was in control of what he was doing and he ended up making a tackle in the end – which he has done for the majority of the season. The way he has changed Liverpool has been brilliant to see.”
Wolves soared to a fantastic seventh-place finish in the Premier League having just come up from the Championship last summer. Coady and co will be hoping to at least match that performance again next season.
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