Virgil van Dijk has admitted his frustration at not winning the Premier League this season but has already turned his attention to the Champions League final on June 1.
Van Dijk was named Premier League Player of the Season for his imperious displays at the back for Liverpool throughout this campaign.
And the Dutchman is hoping to earn his accolades by helping the Reds win the Champions League in three weeks’ time.
“Congratulations to City, they deserved it by one point. And it was a great title race, and I’ve enjoyed every bit of it,” Van Dijk said.
“But we have to look on the positive side and remember we are still in Madrid, hopefully we can end the season on a high. That’s what we are going to try and do.
“Frustrated is the right word, I think we are all going to be a little disappointed because we are so close. To get 97 points, to play football like we have played all season, we have to be very, very proud. I don’t care about another opinion, but we work so hard every day to be challenging to be as close as possible, but City were just a tiny little bit better than us, and that’s football as well.
“It doesn’t mean it is all over. We take a lot of things with us, we will take this on, and hopefully we can challenge next year and do even better.”
On his Player of the Season award, he added: “It’s a big honour, a huge honour, but I would swap it immediately for the Premier League title.
“To get recognition for what I have done this season is always good, especially as defender, but it is all down to everyone around me, and without everyone else who has been working with me, playing with me it wouldn’t be possible.
“Even the team behind the team. Melwood the people who work there, the people around us are so important.”