Andy Robertson is on a mission to bring the European Cup back to Anfield after saluting Liverpool supporters for an “unbelievable” Madrid send-off.
The Scotland international says Jurgen Klopp’s players were blown away by the reaction from the stands as the Reds came up agonisingly short in the race for the Premier League title.
Sunday’s win over Wolves was in vain as Manchester City retained their top-flight crown by one point courtesy of a 4-1 victory at Brighton.
But the mood inside the stadium was one of defiance and hope rather than devastation. Anfield erupted as fans showed their appreciation for a Liverpool team which accumulated 97 points as well as reaching a second successive Champions League final.
Now the Reds left-back is relishing the prospect of facing Tottenham in Madrid on June 1.
“Special fans,” Robertson said. “I think the lads needed that because if it was flat after the game we would have completely understood.
“We had lost the league and the fans could be as flat as us but it was special and coming to be expected of Liverpool fans but we will never take that for granted.
“It was the last home game and they have sent us off with an unbelievable atmosphere. It shows they are with us and will be with us the whole way and hopefully we can reward them. We need them in Madrid now and I am sure they will be there.
“There is no bigger game to get yourself up for. A Champions League final against Tottenham will be incredible.
“We need a couple of days to probably get over this and then it will be forgotten about because we can’t dwell on it.
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“It is a one-off game. Tottenham are a fantastic team with a wonderful manager and what they have done has been incredible and we know how hard it will be.
“We look forward to that game and if we play our best hopefully we get our hands on the trophy. We have three weeks and we will be 100% ready.”
Remarkably, Robertson’s second season at Anfield was completed with him still waiting to experience a single defeat on home turf since his £10million move from Hull City in 2017.
The 25-year-old, who was named in the PFA Team of the Year, more than played his part in a gutsy collective effort as Liverpool pushed Manchester City all the way.
Having won their last nine league matches, Robertson insists Klopp’s men couldn’t have given any more.
“It’s been an incredible season,” he said.
“That’s two Premier League seasons we have gone unbeaten at home. Our away form this season has been very good as well.
“There have been a lot of ups and not many downs. We can look back on this season and learn a lot from it. It’s been a very good season for us and we have just fallen short to a world-class team.
“The gaffer spoke in the dressing room and said how proud he is of us. We spoke to the owners on the pitch and I don’t think we could give them much more.
“The owners have been great with me and all the lads. They are proud of what we have done and hopefully we can give the fans and the owners and the manager a trophy on June 1. We know how hard that will be but now all our focus is on that.”
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On the previous occasions that Liverpool challenged for the title in the Premier League era they lost key personnel and quickly slipped back into the chasing pack.
Robertson is confident that won’t happen on this occasion and that Klopp’s men will be serious contenders again in 2019/20.
“Fingers crossed, we don’t lose anyone. We are a tight group and we don’t want to lose anyone,” he added.
“We will go into next season as strong as ever. Man City know, hopefully, we are here to stay – we know they are definitely here to stay.
“Then all the teams have to catch us as there was quite a gap between second and third. They all need to come up to us and if they do it will be an incredible title race next season.
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“Ninety-seven points wins every single league apart from last season and this season so if we do that again we will keep knocking on the door and we won’t be far off it.
“Of course there are some games we weren’t at our best and in a long season that always happens. Man City went 14 games without dropping a point so fair play to them. Obviously they were the best team so they deserve it.
“Nobody has lost this title race. It has definitely been won but credit to Man City. Two magnificent teams have gone at it.
“We are a tight-knit group, a young group so hopefully we will be here for many years and we will be a better team in terms of maturity and experience next year. I love being a part of it.”