Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said on Sunday that sealing a place in next season’s Champions League the day fans returned to Anfield for a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace was a dream come true.
Despite a tough season defending their Premier League title due to a number of long-term injuries to key players, Liverpool’s 10-game unbeaten streak to end the campaign saw them finish third behind Manchester City and Manchester United.
Fans were shut down when Liverpool ended a 30-year wait to win a league title last season due to coronavirus restrictions and Sunday’s crowd of 10,000 was the largest at Anfield in 14 months.
“To finish the third season is amazing. I can not believe. Thanks to the boys, I can’t believe how this has worked out the last few weeks, ”Klopp said.
“Exceptional, (the) best I could have dreamed of. We wanted that feeling, that game, that atmosphere. “
Klopp could afford the luxury of pulling out Georginio Wijnaldum for a standing ovation in his last Liverpool appearance late after Sadio Mane struck twice.
Wijnaldum is out of contract and has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona.
“Gini Wijnaldum is leaving the club and we all love him in pieces,” added Klopp.
“We will miss him so much, with football it’s okay for people to leave, but I will miss him so much. “
Wijnaldum won both the Champions League and the Premier League during his five seasons at Liverpool.
“I’m fighting back tears right now,” said the Netherlands international.
“I have to start a new adventure. I knew I went to a big club. I remember I was sitting in the living room and the manager said when I come to Liverpool we will win prizes. I’m glad it went well.
“It would have been really painful to leave the club without any. “
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