Champions League final can provide perfect tonic for Liverpool

Trent Alexander-Arnold says there is no better way to get over Liverpool’s last-day Premier League heartache than lining up in the Champions League final and attempting to cap a stunning season with another crown.

Liverpool's Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold during a press conference at the Stade de France ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final in Paris on Saturday.  Picture: UEFA/PA Wire.
Liverpool's Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold during a press conference at the Stade de France ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final in Paris on Saturday. Picture: UEFA/PA Wire.

This campaign will live long in the memory at Anfield, with Jurgen Klopp’s men able to bring home the Carabao Cup and FA Cup with a pair of penalty shoot-out victories against Chelsea at Wembley.

Those domestic cup wins kept Liverpool on course for an unprecedented quadruple that had looked unlikely given Premier League leaders Manchester City’s points advantage heading into the final day.

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Aston Villa’s shock two-goal lead at the Etihad Stadium brought hope of an incredible title win to Anfield, only for a jaw-dropping City turnaround to see the Reds finish as runners-up despite their win against Wolves.

It was a gut punch that Alexander-Arnold insists will have no impact on Saturday evening’s shot at Champions League glory against Real Madrid in Paris.

“We put that behind us,” the right-back said. “I think we have the experience this season to focus on the competition that we have ahead of us.

“We played in all four competitions and got all the way in all of them.

“For us, we found it useful to forget about the other competitions and focus on the one that you’re playing in.

“Obviously this one is the Champions League final. Whatever’s happened before (has happened).

“Last week, yeah, was disappointing. It was hard to take at the time, but you put that behind you.

“It takes a day or two to get over and then you’ve got a Champions League final to prepare for.

“What better way to get over a bit of disappointment then to come here to Paris, an amazing venue, and play in the best club competition in the world.”

Alexander-Arnold is relishing the opportunity to come up against “European powerhouses” Real Madrid at the Stade de France, where talk of revenge has punctuated the build-up.

Liverpool lost in galling circumstances to Los Blancos in the 2018 Kiev finale, but bounced back to lift the Champions League the following year by beating Tottenham in the Spanish capital.

“To even be in with a chance of winning a second Champions League title at this young age is special for me, as it is for everyone,” 23-year-old Alexander-Arnold said at a press conference in the bowels of the Stade de France. “There’s been many, many legends of the game that haven’t had these opportunities, so to be here is a privilege for me.

“But I think it goes without saying that we’ve got world-class opponents standing in our way tomorrow as a team, so we need to be all at it to even come close to lifting that trophy again.”

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp provided a positive injury update on Thiago Alcantara and Fabinho.

“Looks good for both Thiago and Fabinho,” Klopp said. “Fabinho trained completely normal.

“Thiago trained yesterday with the team, will train today and we will go from there.”