Van Dijk: Liverpool's rivals are jealous of Champions League adventure

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The Reds suffered European heartache against Real Madrid, but their Dutch defender is turning a deaf ear to those who have revelled in their failure

Virgil van Dijk claims Liverpool’s rivals who have been quick to revel in their Champions League heartache are “jealous” of the Reds’ success.

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.

They held their own for long periods against Madrid, with Sadio Mane restoring parity at one stage, but an untimely injury to Mohamed Salah and individual errors ended up costing them dear.

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.

They tackled the vast majority of those in style, with famous victories toasted over the likes of Manchester City and Roma, but Madrid proved too strong in the final.

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.

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