Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool will go for the Europa League next season if they miss the Champions League … as the Reds boss warns that ‘five league games will not be enough’ to take the top four.
- Liverpool are Premier League outsiders in the race for the top four this season
- The Reds are four points behind the top four with five games to go
- Jurgen Klopp insists he will take the Europa League seriously if they end up there
- The German claims that five wins out of five may not be enough to secure a spot in the top four
Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool will not treat the Europa League as an afterthought next season if they miss a place in the top four.
The Liverpool manager acknowledges that the odds have been stacked against his club’s return to the Champions League, so much so that he accepts that winning the remaining games – starting at Old Trafford on Sunday – may not be enough.
‘Five wins is not enough. It depends on how the other teams are doing, but without five wins we have no chance, ”said Klopp.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has not given up hope for the top four, but admits it will be very difficult
The Reds will take on Manchester United on Sunday in a game they must win for their top-four chances
‘If we’re five points behind with 15 to play, why write it off? Man United still thinks they can deservedly become champions. We think we can still go to the Champions League.
‘But we still need results in other games. We know that. Without winning your own games, you are not going anywhere, we are not that naive. This is the most important game of the season. We play against United, so let’s go for it. We don’t think about anything else and make sure we play our best game. ‘
Should they miss the Champions League, it would be the first time they have not finished in the top four since 2017.
Klopp was referring to the complexity of a campaign that revolves around playing on Thursday and Sunday.
Liverpool has played in the Champions League every season since the 2017/18 season
He also pointed out that the financial impact of the lack of Champions League football on a club that released bills this week with a pre-tax loss of £ 46 million would be ‘not good’.
But the idea that Liverpool would ignore the Europa League is foreign to Klopp – and he pointed to the example of Sunday’s opponents, who are effectively in this season’s final after Roma 6-2 dismantling, of how the tournament can be positive.
‘Being in England, we only played in the Europa League once and went to the final, so it was good – apart from the final,’ Klopp said, referring to the 3-1 defeat to Sevilla in 2016. ‘On Thursday I saw a Man United team enjoy the Europa League a lot. It was always like that.
“We’re not going to think, ‘My God! We have to play that!” No no no. It’s a great game. I didn’t think about it to the end because I know, although it’s unlikely, there is also a slim chance (for the Champions League), so let’s give it a try and think about what happens next season. ‘
Klopp claims his side will still take the Europa League seriously if the Reds end there
Liverpool face a huge challenge if they want to overhaul Manchester City next season, but one thing the manager wants to see is how things turn out when he gets the chance to play what is considered to be his best team.
He never got to play Alisson in goal, with a back-four consisting of his regular defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez in the central defense with Thiago Alcantara alongside Jordan Henderson and Fabinho in the midfield behind the attackers. Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
“We know our resources inside and that’s no problem,” said Klopp. ‘You can’t be champions every year and City won’t be every year, even if they have a pretty good perspective. We know that if the players we missed come back, we’ll be better right away. We get a much better rhythm. ‘