Jordan Henderson opens up on 2018 UCL final defeat ahead of Tottenham


Liverpool vs Tottenham

After playing some of their best football in years this past season, Liverpool have the chance to end the 2018/19 campaign by winning their first Champions League since 2005.

Liverpool came very close to not making it to this year’s final though.

They were 3-0 down heading into the second leg of their semi-final clash with Barcelona but somehow managed to win 4-0 at Anfield.

The 2019 final will be the first time Tottenham have ever been in a Champions League final.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 15: Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur speaks with Jurgen Klopp prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool FC at Wembley Stadium on September 15, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Henderson on losing to Real Madrid

Liverpool, on the other hand, have much more recent experience in the UCL final.

Jurgen Klopp’s side made it to the final two of the 2017/18 Champions League tournament, taking on Real Madrid.

Los Blancos would come away 3-1 winners, winning their third successive Champions League.

Jordan Henderson would start that tie as Liverpool’s captain.

Heading into this season’s final, Henderson has opened up on losing in both the Champions League final and the semi-final of the 2018 World Cup:

“It hurts what happened.

“It is difficult, really difficult. I know people will look at me and say ‘you didn’t get over the line in the Champions League or World Cup semi-final’ but it’s not me, it’s the team…

“But…it gives us even more determination and drive to improve, try to give even more to get that opportunity again and when you do, you need to take it.

“After the Champions League final it was so difficult to take but you have to use it in the right way. The same with the World Cup. And each time I have always reacted well. Of course in the beginning maybe you need some time away but in the end when you go through different emotions, then you think ‘Okay, let’s go again’.

“That is just down to me, the way I am really, and I am here to continue that until I finish playing football.”As quoted by the Telegraph.

Liverpool players training before Tottenham

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