Sadio Mane says Liverpool are still motivated by their Champions League final defeat ahead of Tuesday’s last-16 showdown with Bayern Munich.
The Reds were one game away from facing the German giants in last year’s final, with Real Madrid knocking Bayern out in the semi-finals before crushing Liverpool’s dreams in the final.
Jurgen Klopp will now face a long-awaited showdown with the Bavarian club at Anfield – and Mane admits it will be a meeting of “two extraordinary teams”.
After fulfilling a dream of playing in the Champions League final last year, Mane revealed he is more motivated than ever to not only return but lift the iconic trophy.
“Bayern was really close to reaching the final, but Real was strong,” Mane told Sport Bild.
“Unfortunately, we also felt that in the final.
“Now a duel with Bayern has come already in the second round.
“Last season shows it is there for two extraordinary teams to meet.
“For me it was a dream to play the Champions League final.
“All the more I want to go there again and win it!