Former Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt believes his old side’s season must be seen as a failure after last night’s painful one Lost to Real Madrid in Champions League final.
There were still hopes of an unprecedented quadruple on the final day of the Premier League season just a week ago, but Manchester City’s epic late comeback against Aston Villa rendered Liverpool’s win over Wolves at Anfield immaterial as Pep Guardiola’s side saw off marginally defended their title by Margen.
Still, Liverpool arrived in Paris with justifiable confidence, largely dominating a final in which Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois won the deserved man of the match for a series of sensational saves.
A season that promised so much therefore ended with just two domestic trophies, the Carabao and the FA Cup, both won on penalties after goalless draws against Chelsea, a tangible reward for a season in which Liverpool have garnered much praise.
Kuyt, who scored for Liverpool in the 2007 final against an AC Milan side coached by Carlo Ancelotti, told RTL about the defeat: “Liverpool’s season has failed.
“They played good football but in May you have to be decisive and they weren’t.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson, one of the survivors of the side that lost to Madrid in the final four years ago in Kyiv, confirmed that the atmosphere in the dressing room was devastated.
He said: “The dressing room is quiet, devastated. That’s what happens when you don’t win the final.
“We had chances, encountered an incredible goalkeeper. But to be honest, we could have played better.
“In the second half we didn’t start well and they took control of the game. When you meet such experienced teams, they know how to win finals.
“We’re a pressing team, it’s worked for us so much but we got caught behind the post and that’s football.
“It’s hard to get back into the game when you play against a very experienced team, they know how to decide a game.”
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