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Koeman wants Oranje duo to win the Champions League

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Holland boss Ronald Koeman is supporting Liverpool pair Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum to win the Champions League winners on Saturday.


Koeman who won the trophy with Barcelona back in 92′ wants the duo to join up with his squad for the Nations League campaign in a positive mood.

Klopp’s men will face Premier League rivals Spurs in the Champions League final in Madrid.

Meanwhile, the Dutch take on England in the Nations League semi-final in Guimaraes, Portugal on June 6.

The Reds agonisingly missed out on the Premier League title to Pep Guardiola’s Man City by a point and the former Saints boss is backing Liverpool to overcome the disappointment with a Champions League trophy.

“It would be rather sour if both ended up empty-handed after such a formidable season and being so close to huge trophies,” Koeman told reporters as the Dutch prepared for the Nations League with a camp in Zeist this week.

“Van Dijk, Wijnaldum and Liverpool do not deserve that.”

Koeman had planned to take the entire Dutch squad to watch the Champions League final had Ajax qualified.

But after the Dutch club were beaten by Tottenham in the semi-finals, it was decided the national team would stay in Lagos, Portugal for the second part of their preparation.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 27: Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team’s fourth goal with Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Watford FC at Anfield on February 27, 2019, in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Dutch skipper and current PFA player of the year Van Dijk could win the Ballon d’Or if Liverpool seals European success alongside the Nations League trophy with the Oranje.