Liverpool’s quest for an unprecedented treble culminated with a heart-breaking loss to Real Madrid in the 2022 Champions League final. Liverpool was arguably the more dominant team throughout the game, but their inability to convert goal-scoring opportunities brought their downfall.
A few days ago, Liverpool fell short of what would have been their second Premier League title in the last three years. Heading into the final day of the season, they needed to defeat Wolves and also hope for a slip-up from Manchester City.
While they outmuscled Wolves by 3-1, Manchester City completed a remarkable turnaround in just five minutes to hold on to their lead.
On Sunday night in Paris, Thibaut Courtois produced a stunning performance to keep the Liverpool attackers at bay. He made as many as nine saves to become the only third goal-keeper to win the Player of the Match award in the final.
Mohamed Salah saw each of his six shots on the target saved by Courtois. Jurgen Klopp lamented the missed opportunities but also credited the opponents’ goalie for putting up an impressive show.
“I’m not sure it’s an incredible result, it’s just a normal football result. The stats were 50-50 in possession, we had a lot more shots and shots on target but the most decisive stat is absolutely on Madrid’s side,” said Klopp.
He also pledged to come again in the final. “I know it’s not the success you want to have, but I have the strong feeling we will come again. That’s how it is, because the boys are competitive. We have an outstanding group together and will have again an outstanding group next year.”
“Then we go again. We obviously have to try a bit more often than others but no problem. Where’s it next year? Istanbul? Yeah, book the hotel.”
Despite losing out on both Premier League and Champions League, Liverpool carried on with their victory parade that was planned almost three months ago. The whole contingent snaked through the entire city on a double-decker, commemorating the League Cup and FA Cup wins.
Calvin Harris was also present on the occasion. Harris produced Dua Lipa’s One Kiss, which has become the unofficial anthem for the Merseyside club.
While the fans filled up the streets to greet their players, many on social media also mocked the club for their victory procession.
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