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Liverpool eager to join Euro greats: Wijnaldum



On a mission: Georginio Wijnaldum

On a mission: Georginio Wijnaldum


On a mission: Georginio Wijnaldum

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum admits the dream of joining the ranks of Champions League "legends" is driving the players to succeed in Kiev later this month.

Despite winning the competition five times, Liverpool have been starved of success among Europe's elite since their last victory in Istanbul 13 years ago.

In Ukraine they face Real Madrid, the defending champions who have won three of the last four finals to extend the club's all-time record to 12 victories - five more than anyone else.

Wijnaldum believes Liverpool's players can write their own little piece of history.

"You can put yourself there with legends that won the Champions League. That's what everyone wants," said the Holland international. "That is what makes it really exciting for us, because we have the opportunity to win a big trophy with a massive club waiting for years for a trophy.

"We are lucky that we can give them one if we win.

"Two years ago it was the Europa League final (which Liverpool lost to Sevilla) but the Champions League final is the highest you can play for a club so everyone will look forward to it."

Since lifting the Champions League in 2005, Liverpool have won just one trophy, the 2012 League Cup.

"The supporters support the club for many years. It's a big chance for them to win a big trophy, the first in years, so this is important," he added.

Belfast Telegraph