The Merseyside outfit, who finished fourth in the league, will be aiming to become European champions for a sixth time after battling past Porto, English champions Manchester City and Roma en route to Kiev.
‘It has been a great season for Liverpool and hopefully we can finish it off in Kiev,’ Holland international Van Dijk, who joined from Southampton in January, told Liverpool’s website.
Virgil van Dijk (left) has implored Liverpool to finish season strongly in the Champions League
The defender (centre) says the Reds deserve their place in the final against Real Madrid
‘We’re going to prepare very well. It’s going to be a tough game – we know they have so much quality. But we don’t need to forget that we have so much quality as well.
‘We need to be going to Kiev with a lot of confidence. We deserve to be there, so we need to show that, be brave and do our thing. Then we’ll see what’s going to happen.’
Liverpool’s leading scorer Mohamed Salah, along with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, have combined to help the club score a record 46 goals in 14 Champions League matches on the way to the final.
Liverpool head into the Madrid showdown on the back of a 4-0 win over Brighton in their final league match but face a tough test as the Spanish side fight for their third consecutive Champions League crown and 13th overall.
Van Dijk will be hoping Liverpool can make the walk of champions to collect the trophy in Kiev