Thiago on how it felt to break his Liverpool duck

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Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcântara vowed that The Reds will keep fighting for a top-four finish after his goal sealed their latest win.

The Spain international popped up with a well-taken late goal to secure all three points, giving Liverpool a 2-0 victory against Southampton on Saturday night. Sadio Mané had opened the scoring in the first half for Jürgen Klopp’s men.

Speaking with Sky Sports in his post-match interview, Thiago commented on Liverpool’s push for Champions League qualification and how it felt to bag his first goal for The Reds:

“I always try to bring out the reality – we are for sure not happy with the situation right now, but for the mood [and] for the confidence for the next game, we are very happy with the win.

“It’s always a great moment when you score and also help the team, but as I said, we have to keep fighting until the end. We have this small chance [to qualify for the Champions League].

“We try to be as objective as possible. There is a very small chance, but I think we had chances in the past. The door sometimes closed for us but the window is open, so we try to get through the window!

“It’s an amazing feeling [to score] but the most important thing is the three points and that we keep fighting for this small miracle that we can have.”

In what was a very heartfelt interview, Thiago also said:

“I know that I am not a specialist, I am not a goalscorer, but I am trying to always be near the area, to make the last pass, to try to score and shoot. Yes, for sure it is very special because it is my first goal – but I hope it is not the last!

“For sure, I think for all of us [it has been a tough season]. But as I said from the first day, we have the privilege to play this amazing sport and to keep playing in this kind of stadium, against amazing teams as well.

“So we have to be glad with our personal situations and try to bring joy to the fans and to the people.”

Liverpool’s next fixture is a tough trip to Old Trafford where they will face second-placed Manchester United on Thursday night.

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