Seeing Liverpool reach the Champions League Final, it’s hard not to look back on what might have been for us if we had been a bit more solid in that second leg against Juventus.
Real Madrid have kind of sleepwalked through to their third consecutive Champions League final and going by the way we performed against them in the group stages, we could have turned them over in the quarter-finals if we had been given the chance.
None of the teams playing in this year’s premier club competition have looked unbeatable. There are glaring weaknesses in the defences of both finalists, and the irony is we came up against a team in the last 16 who were a bit more streetwise.
Even then, we were able to score three goals against them, and when you see how Juve subsequently should have knocked out Real in the next round, I kind of regret we were not luckier with the draw after finishing top of our group.
Still, you can’t change what has already happened. There was a lot to take from this season’s endeavours in the tournament. If we can learn our lessons, there’s no doubt we can be a force to be reckoned with next time around.
Considering we beat the Reds so convincingly at home, and kept them very honest in the away fixture as well, it shows it is really possible for us to get to the final in Madrid next May.
Of course, that is looking way too far ahead at the moment. We have to make sure we finish in the top four first. That should be a foregone conclusion with three games to play, and five points clear of Chelsea, but we need to make sure we finish with a flourish this season.
When you feel so close to success though, it can feel very frustrating that we haven’t managed to get over the line yet and win a trophy. For that reason, I’ll be very envious if Liverpool do lift the Champions League at the end of the month. If they do, or if they don’t, I’m hoping Poch’s men are not too far behind in making a little history of their own.