The international teammates of three Liverpool stars have hailed their European heroics after the Reds won the Champions League.
Manchester United’s Scott McTominay, an international teammate of Andy Robertson, was full of praise for his captain.
“It’s amazing for him and we’re relishing getting him back and hopefully kicking on in a Scotland jersey,” he told the Herald. “If that’s not inspiration for the whole team right there I don’t know what is.”
And he wasn’t the only one praising international teammates. The Dutch national team gave a wonderful reception to Virgil van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum as the duo joined up with the squad.
You can check the reception out below:
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It all goes to show how monumental a victory this was for Liverpool. Players have transformed from very good players into winners, an inspiration for their teammates.
It’s easy to forget, after all, that Jurgen Klopp’s players all had doubts over them.
Take the three players involved here, for instance. Van Dijk’s arrival confused some – why were Liverpool paying a world-record fee for a Southampton player?
“Southampton have got one hell of a deal,” Alan Shearer told BBC Sport at the time. “Van Dijk is a good player, yes, but for £75m? No, he’s not worth it at all.”
Wijnaldum was another risk, having just been relegated with Newcastle United. Robertson arrived from relegated Hull City.
And yet the world now views all three as elite winners after what they’ve achieved.
It’s a fantastic turnaround and one that Liverpool take into next season. There will be seven trophies on offer – Liverpool proved they can win the big one, now that winning mentality can be put into winning the lot.