Tom Werner, Liverpool’s chairman, has refused to dwell on the disappointment of falling agonisingly short in the club’s pursuit of a first title since 1990 and insists they are motivated to go on step better.
Werner, along with principal owner John Henry and president Mike Gordon, was at Anfield on Sunday as Liverpool concluded their season with a 2-0 victory over Wolves — their ninth consecutive win in the Premier League.
The numbers Liverpool accumulated this season were remarkable. Their haul of 97 points would have been enough to win 117 of 120 English championships, they spent more days on top of the table than Manchester City and they had the fourth highest goal difference in history to go with 21 clean sheets.
None of those statistics will provide solace over the next few days, as the players and coaching staff were visibly deflated as the reality dawned that their best efforts had not been good enough to deprive Pep Guardiola’s magnificent team.
But Klopp made a point of saying ‘we will go again’ on several occasions during his post-match debrief and Werner echoed the words of his manager, promising this will be the first of many title challenges.
‘It was a magical season,’ said Werner. ‘Obviously we’re disappointed that we didn’t win the league but it was a remarkable season and the squad is exciting. I think that we’ve made a lot of friends around the world and I think we’ve done well by our supporters. I can’t say enough about Jurgen and all the talent on the field.
‘We’re only going to get stronger. Ninety-seven points, it’s a remarkable year. We obviously didn’t win the league but we’ll be back next year and we’ve got a lot of motivation to win the league next year… I’m excited.’
Liverpool’s season is not over, however, and they face Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final in Madrid on June 1. It is their third European final in four years and Werner hopes it will prove to be third time lucky following disappointments against Sevilla and Real Madrid.
‘The support was extraordinary,’ said Werner. ‘As Jurgen said, between the support on Tuesday (when Liverpool beat Barcelona 4-0) and the way the team played on Tuesday, that was one of the great matches at Anfield. I look forward to a great match in Madrid.