Ahead of their Boxing day clash with Welsh side, Swansea, Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has conceded that a title triumph will be impossible for the Reds this season but a top-four finish wouldn’t be bad.
Seeing that 20 points separate the league leaders, Manchester City and Liverpool, the German tactician believes that they have all to play for in order to secure Champions League football next season.
Quoting Klopp while speaking with Sky Sports on Monday, he said “We have to qualify for the Champions League. We have to finish as high as possible, it looks like we could be second, third or fourth this year, that’s a fantastic situation. Not the dream but a fantastic situation.”
“That’s what we are working on and for this, we have to improve in all departments.”
“This year, I don’t think that anyone apart from Manchester City and maybe Manchester United are thinking too much about how they can win the league.”
“In a very difficult league, performance-wise we are really consistent so far. If we stay consistent and avoid our mistakes, mistakes like in the 3-3 draw with Arsenal, we will win much more games than we lose or draw.”
“As it was and so it will be against Swansea, we have to perform first of all and then we have to see how the other team can react.”
Swansea are positioned rock bottom on the league table and Klopp understands that his players have to be very careful as a result.
“They are under pressure and that’s clear because they are fighting to stay in the league, 100 percent, and that will not change before Boxing Day,”
“But we will be ready and we will perform, if possible, like against Arsenal but avoid the mistakes we made.
“I don’t really remember the game from last year, to be honest. I remember that we lost it. But that’s not the plan!” he concluded