Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp believes a top-four finish in this season’s Premier League would be one of his biggest achievements ever.
Klopp is, of course, referring to the disastrous injury crisis his Liverpool squad has had to cope with since October. However, two wins in their last two games of the season will see The Reds secure a top-four finish and Champions League qualification, despite the circumstances.
Speaking to Premier League Productions, Klopp was asked how big an achievement it would be if Liverpool do finish in the top four:
“Massive, absolutely massive. One of the biggest achievements ever – I know how that sounds, I know, but it’s the truth. Everybody here sees it like that. Whatever happened this year, it gave us the chance to hold our destiny in our own hands with two games. And it’s absolutely right, yes, it’s a semi-final and a final. So think about the semi-final and not the final. That’s Burnley and they are really good and difficult to play, super attitude and in front of their own supporters and all these kind of things. Could it be more tricky? I’m not sure, to be honest! But that’s now how it is.”
Klopp was also asked if he felt the remaining two fixtures were like a semi-final and final for Liverpool:
“Definitely. We had already, I don’t know what it was, last 64 or last 32, last 16, so we had all of them already. We needed a lot of results in the last few games. I think in the last eight, if I’m right, it was six wins, two draws – and the two draws we lost pretty much in the last minute of the game. It’s obviously the period where we can put some things right, but not one second in this time it was easy. It was always hardest work and waiting until the last second, the final goal against United in the 90th minute. It’s a tough period but it’s the year. We have the chance and actually, I don’t need more, so we’re really looking forward to the next one.”
Liverpool travel to play Burnley at Turf Moor on Wednesday night before then closing out their season in front of 10,000 lucky fans at Anfield on Sunday against Crystal Palace.
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