Former Tottenham Hotspur skipper and current club ambassador Ledley King has revealed his thoughts on his side’s Champions League final loss to Liverpool.
Mo Salah’s second-minute penalty, followed by Divock Origi’s late strike, helped Liverpool lift their sixth Champions League title but Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs were left empty-handed despite an impressive run to the final.
King admitted his disappointment over the result but he also expressed how proud he was of the side.
“It was natural for everyone to be disappointed after the game but then quickly my mind started thinking about the job the team did to get there and what an unbelievable achievement and experience it was. I’ve said before how proud I was of the team and everyone at the Club. They’ve given us all brilliant memories.” said King.
The former defender claimed that Spurs deserved to be in the final and that the club can further learn from the defeat at the final hurdle.
He continued: “We deserved to be in the final, without doubt. You don’t get there by accident, there are too many top-class teams involved. We beat some top teams along the way. It was a brilliant achievement. We were disappointed with the result in the final but it’s something that the Club can build on, knowing that we can compete at the highest level.”
King was quick to point out that there wasn’t much to separate the two sides in the final and claimed that Liverpool’s failure in the same position last season helped them get past the finish line.
He said: “Liverpool lost out in the final last season and they used that experience of having been there before. That was arguably the difference between the teams because there wasn’t much in the game at all. The experience will be invaluable and the disappointment will drive the players on. I’ve no doubt about that. The players will all want to get back there and take us further one step further.”
Jurgen Klopp’s side are a perfect example for Tottenham to emulate next season as Mauricio Pochettino will again be looking to get his hands on his first trophy.