Georginio Wijnaldum says the opportunity for he and his Liverpool teammates to cement themselves in Anfield folklore is another motivating factor ahead of the Champions League final.
Liverpool can secure their sixth European Cup crown in Kiev, Ukraine, on May 26, but in doing so they will have to stop Real Madrid, who are looking for their third successive Champions League triumph.
Wijnaldum, who will hope to play in his first cup final as a Liverpool player, nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap believes winning Europe’s premier club competition would ensure Liverpool’s 2017-18 side is forever remembered.
“That’s what makes it more exciting,” the midfielder told reporters. “You can put yourself there with legends that won the Champions League.
“That’s what everyone wants. That is what makes it really exciting for us because we have the opportunity now to win a big trophy with a massive club [that has been] waiting a lot of years for a trophy. We are lucky that we can give them one if we win.
“I’m really [looking forward to it]. Not only me, but a lot of the players. Two years ago [there was the] Europa League final but the Champions League final is the highest you can play for a club.
“So everyone will look forward to it. For a lot of us it will be the first time in the final, so I’m really excited to play in that one.”
Liverpool are comfortably the highest-scoring side in the Champions League, having scored on 40 occasions in the competition so far this season, with Real Madrid second on 30.
Liverpool have a 13-day gap between their final league game of the season and the Champions League final, nfl nike jerseys cheap china while Real have just a one week to prepare.
“As a player you want a little bit of rest, so we will get the rest we need,” Wijnaldum added. “We will also train hard to stay in shape and to prepare ourselves for Real Madrid.
“It’s been tough because we had a lot of injuries, so there was no time for rest. But to be fair, I enjoyed it. I played a lot of games. As a player you want to play a lot of games. It was intense and hard, but it was OK.”