Dejan Lovren is ‘convinced’ that Liverpool will have a successful 2017/18 campaign as the club target their first silverware since 2012.
The 2016/17 season was a real step forward for Liverpool Football Club.
Under Jürgen Klopp’s guidance, they reached the top four for the first time since 2013/14 and only the second since the ’08/09 season. They Reds even embarked on a brief title challenge before the wheels fell off slightly in a tough January period.
The fourth-placed finish was enough to guarantee Klopp’s men a play-off fixture to confirm their Champions League status and if they win, it’ll see the club return to Europe’s elite for the first time since 2014 and will only continue boosting the squad’s confidence and belief.
“I wish I could say what would happen next year, it’s difficult but I would say the objectives are that we finish stronger than last year – that’s the main target, I think,” Reds centre-back Dejan Lovren told Liverpoolfc.com.
“We’ll learn from last year and we are smarter than last year. I think we’ll be better this year.”
When asked whether he anticipated the upcoming campaign being huge not only for himself but the club, Lovren responded: “Yes, definitely. I’m 100 per cent convinced of that. You see in everyone’s eyes, everyone is hungry, everyone wants to do better.”
“Of course there will be some difficult points again, but I think everyone is only thinking positively, that’s the best way to do better in the future.”
Of course, as mentioned previously, the prospect of a return to Champions League football only serves as a further boost to the squad’s confidence and morale ahead of the upcoming season and Lovren is gleefully anticipating it.
“I think we need that. A club like Liverpool needs to be in the Champions League and especially after last season – it was quite a difficult one and I think we deserved to be in the Champions League at the end of everything,” the big Croatian said.
“We’re doing as much as we can now to make sure we can reach the group stage – this is what we want, everyone wants it, and hopefully we will achieve this.”
The 28-year-old highlighted the togetherness and spirit of the club’s current squad as the main reason they finished so highly last season and believes their ability to enjoy their football even in the trying times of last Winter was key.
“I think all the time you’re getting more mature and every day you understand more and more the manager and what he wants exactly, so there are no surprises, I would say,” Lovren added.
“We exactly know what we need to do, it just depends on our mentality. If we are 1-0 down, we can’t switch off, we need to be focused and believe until the last minute, like he believed in us from day one.
“I would say to help each other in difficult moments. Last year we had a lot of injuries and people didn’t believe in our full squad, but we showed many times great character and we showed that everyone can play in this team. That’s the best part, I would say, of the club and of the team.”