Former England captain Alan Shearer said the players should be able to reflect positively on what they had done this season, despite the disappointment of missing out on league and European honours.
He said on BBC Radio 5 Live: “After the season that they have had. to have the disappointment of losing out on the league and then this one as well, they [Liverpool] can still be very proud of what they have achieved this season.
But former Manchester City defender Micah Richards, speaking before the final, said it would be hard not to see failing to win the Champions League as taking the shine off an otherwise impressive campaign for the Reds.
“Losing the Champions League is a disappointing season,” Richards said. “Liverpool have been incredible but you look at winners, we are talking about the league being special and then the Champions League.
“If you are in four competitions at this stage and only finish with two – and not the league or Champions League – you will be disappointed.”
Steven Gerrard, who captained Liverpool to their 2005 Champions League triumph, is confident his former side will be able to pick themselves up from this defeat.
The Aston Villa boss told BT Sport: “Liverpool didn’t do a lot wrong, just came up against a top goalkeeper and defence. Liverpool will dust themselves down and go again for everything next season.”