The start of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool career was somewhat brutal upon losing two finals in the EFL Cup and Europa League in 2016. He then lost the Champions League final to Real Madrid two years later.
Defeat in Kiev to Real Madrid arguably pushed Liverpool on to another level, though. They returned stronger than ever in the following season, finishing on a club-record 97 points in the Premier League for a second-place finish.
The Reds then went one better in the Champions League itself by beating Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid last June to win a sixth European title.
That success at the Wanda Metropolitano, and the disappointment of losing the Premier League by a point to Manchester City, made Liverpool even more impressive for this season.