A remarkable European adventure carried Jurgen Klopp’s side all the way to Kiev, but the final hurdle proved one obstacle too far as they came unstuck against Real Madrid.
Loris Karius has accepted responsibility for a 3-1 defeat after making two horrendous mistakes which gifted goals to the Blancos, but Liverpool are rightly proud of their efforts.
Domestic foes have delighted in the Reds’ failure on the grandest of stages, but Van Dijk has been quick to point out that any of their critics would have loved to be in a similar position, telling talkSPORT: "Of course we should be proud of ourselves. All the teams in England want to be in our position right now.
"They act like they're happy, but I think they should be jealous!
"We were here, unfortunately we lost, but I think we need to take this to next season and make sure we do even better than we did this year."
Liverpool had entered the 2017-18 Champions League at the play-off stage, with Klopp’s side having more challenges than most to overcome.
The Blancos are the most decorated side in European club football, with there no shame in coming up short against a side which is basking in the glory of a third successive continental crown and a 13th in total.