Dejan Lovren reflected the devastation of every Red as he spoke after Saturday’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.
Visibly grief-stricken, the Croatian paid tribute to his side’s incredible journey and vowed to return with a vengeance next season.
The centre-back was instrumental in a courageous display from Jurgen Klopp’s men and refused to point the finger at Loris Karius following the goalkeeper’s two costly errors.
“It’s painful. It’s painful to describe. It’s heart-breaking, to be honest,” Lovren told Liverpoolfc.com.
“We deserved more than this tonight. But at the end we should be proud of the long road that we did. From the game against Hoffenheim to reach the final. To beat the best teams.”
“I’m proud of the team, I’m proud of the lads, I’m proud of the fans that travelled for such a long time and the fans around the world who supported us.”
“I’m sure we will come back next year even stronger. And I promise that.”
Lovren produced one of his most accomplished performances in a Liverpool on the night, being breached only by the greatest goal in Champions League final history and two individual mistakes.
Alongside an equally formidable Virgil van Dijk, Lovren frustrated Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema for large periods of the evening to prove he was capable of standing up on the biggest stage in club football.
His influence proved pervasive as his towering header at the other end of the pitch assisted Sadio Mane for a deserved second-half equaliser.
He deserves to be extremely proud of his resurgence after a spell in which it looked as though his Liverpool career might have been over.