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Liverpool ‘deserve’ to win C/League final, Shaqiri says

May 31, 2019
The Liverpool players celebrate

Xherdan Shaqiri believes Liverpool deserve to be crowned European champions on Saturday night when they meet Tottenham in the Champions League final.

The Reds have performed at an exceptional level throughout the season – but could end the campaign without a trophy if they lose to Spurs in the Madrid showdown.

They amassed a staggering 97 points in the Premier League, only to be beaten to the title by Manchester City.

And after the stunning comeback against Barcelona in the semi-final, Shaqiri says it would be a special triumph if the Reds were victorious.

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“I think we had a great season and there is one big final ahead of us,” he told talkSPORT.

“We’ll try everything to win this title because the club deserves it, the fans deserve it and the players deserve it. It’ll be a really special thing if we win it.

“Tottenham is a top team. They showed the world how good they are.

“It’ll be a difficult game, but we’re confident. It’s only 90 minutes and anything can happen.

“We’re very well prepared and we’ll try everything to win this game.”

The 27-year-old has already won the Champions League with Bayern Munich, in 2013, but he insists it’s different this time.

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When asked if this is the biggest game of his career, he said: “It’s difficult to say, it’s one of the biggest because it’s a special game.

“I want this emotional thing again. Especially for this club because they’re waiting a long time to win it.”

Jurgen Klopp will be hoping to break his Champions League final curse and deliver his first trophy for Liverpool.

The German has twice failed in the final – with Dortmund against Shaqiri’s Bayern Munich in 2013 and with Liverpool against Real Madrid last year.

“He is always relaxed,” Shaqiri added.

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“We are always having fun during and after training. He’s a positive person.

“He does everything for us and we give everything for him. We want to win it for him.”

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