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Liverpool will challenge for the Premier League again next season, Dejan Lovren has declared.
Bidding to win their first league title in 29 years, the Reds lost just one of their 38 Premier League games this season but missed out on the crown by a single point to Manchester City.
They can still end the season with a trophy after reaching the Champions League final for the second successive year and Lovren believes they are still improving under Jurgen Klopp.
“When you look back on the last three years, it was every season improvement. When Klopp came, every year we did better and better. Last season we did quite well, we had quite a lot of injuries and reached the final of the Champions League," Lovren said.
“This year, with the new players, we reached second place with 97 points, it’s incredible. And again the final of the Champions League so definitely we are again one of the contenders for next year to do something great. With this team, we can only improve.”
Liverpool ended the season with 97 points, a record for the runners-up, but it was not enough to end their wait for the league title and they will be hoping to channel their disappointment into the Champions League final against Tottenham on Saturday, 1 June.
“It would be a lie if I don’t admit that we are of course disappointed,” Lovren said.
“We won the last game at Anfield but when we came to the dressing room it felt strange. We had so many points, 97, we made history for this club when we talk about points but when you look back we can be satisfied.
“We gave everything this season, it was a brilliant season – especially (at) Anfield and I think the fans really enjoyed it, especially the game against Barca. So, at the end we have another final and I’m sure we will come back with big smiles.”
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