Luke Littler lost to Michael Van Gerwen at the BetMGM Premier League in a nail-biting final in Berlin.
The thoroughly exciting match ended with a close 6-5 scoreline favouring Van Gerwen. Following his defeat, 17-year-old Littler spoke to Sky Sports and said: "It's good. I hope we can keep it that way as well.
"In this format, in the Premier League, you have to be good week after week. It's non-stop and I think that was good for me."
Littler talked about his energy levels during the game, adding: "I was always putting energy into my game and that helps me in the long run." Offering perspective on the ongoing season, the darts sensation said: "It is only week two. Everyone was saying 'last week you lost in the first round'. Don't worry, it's not a sprint, it's a marathon."
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Littler, who was born in Warrington and trained at the St Helens Darts Academy, went 2-0 up before Van Gerwen won three legs on the bounce.There was tension as the pair were levelled at 4-4 before heading into a tie break at 5-5 during the final leg.
Both players managed 180s, but Van Gerwen missed the bull that would've clinched him the victory. Littler then failed to convert two darts at double 10, which provided his opponent with a chance to win on a double four.
Before facing off against Van Gerwen, Littler had seen offLuke Humphries and Rob Cross. Van Gerwen advanced to the final after successfully defeating Michael Smith and Nathan Aspinall.Read on liverpoolecho.co.uk