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Jürgen Klopp says top-four finish for Liverpool ‘almost impossible’ | Liverpool

Jürgen Klopp has said it will be “almost impossible” for Liverpool to finish in the top four. The win against Wolves on Monday moved his team to within five points of fourth-placed Chelsea but the manager believes they have an uphill battle.

“I like to be an optimist, but in the league it is almost impossible to qualify in the competition for the Champions League places that we have,” Klopp told the German newspaper Bild. At Tottenham, Gareth Bale is now playing again, and they are also in the running. Plus [Manchester] City and United, who are far away. Chelsea is on the rise. Reaching Champions League qualification through the league will be difficult, we know that.”

Liverpool are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League but Klopp added: “You don’t usually win the Champions League itself in a year with injury worries as big as we have. Then in the worst case it will be next year: no Champions League, maybe Europa League, although that is not guaranteed either.”

Not returning to Europe’s elite club competition next season would mean a huge reduction in revenue, following a year severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Klopp recognised this but does not fear for his job should Liverpool not qualify. If they also fail to make the Europa League, which is still a possibility, he believes it would make his side stronger for another tilt at the title they won last summer.

“It would mean a huge financial loss,” he said regarding a lack of Champions League football. “Otherwise not that much. I am aware, in almost all football clubs in the world, I would be questioned in a situation like our current one.

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“This is completely normal, reality, the business. I would accept that immediately. But it’s different here in Liverpool. Our owners, the sports director, even the players, nobody doubts anyone here. We have accepted the situation for ourselves and fight our way through it.

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“Even if there has never been anything like it after a championship then we’ll be the first to fight our way, as a large, successful club. If we don’t play internationally [in Europe] at all, that means more time to relax. That would be bad for all other teams because training is good for us.

“If we had more time, we could take advantage of it. We would try to turn the bad situation into something good.”

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