Jurgen Klopp admits it is ‘almost IMPOSSIBLE’ for Liverpool to finish in the top four as he braces for ‘huge financial losses’ after ‘insane mistakes’ cost his injury-plagued champions
- Jurgen Klopp says ‘it is almost impossible’ to finish in the top four this season
- Injuries and a slump in form has seen the Reds slip to sixth in the league table
- Liverpool are five points adrift of Chelsea with just nine league games remaining
- Klopp says ‘insane mistakes’ were costly and is ready for ‘huge financial losses’
Jurgen Klopp says it is ‘almost impossible’ for Liverpool to finish in the top four this season, as the Reds boss warned of ‘huge financial losses’ after lamenting ‘insane mistakes’ for costing them in the hotly-contested race.
Liverpool have made a pitiful attempt of defending their domestic crown this season, with injuries and an uncharacteristically blunt attack seeing the Premier League champions fall to sixth in the table.
The Reds are currently five points adrift of Thomas Tuchel’s resurgent Chelsea in fourth and face strong competition from West Ham, Everton and Spurs in challenging for qualification into European football’s elite competition.
Jurgen Klopp admits it is ‘almost impossible’ for Liverpool to finish in the top four this season
And Klopp has conceded that his side face an ‘almost impossible’ task in clinching Champions League football next season via league position.
‘I like to be an optimist, but in the league it is almost impossible to qualify in the competition for the places that we have,’ Klopp told Lotthar Mattheus, who was guest editing Sport Bild.
‘At Tottenham, Gareth Bale is now playing again, and they are also in the running. Plus City and Manchester United, who are far away. Chelsea is on the rise.
The champions have made a pitiful attempt of defending their Premier League crown
A host of lengthy injuries and a blunt attack has seen the Reds fall to sixth in the league table
‘Reaching Champions League qualification through the league will be difficult, we know that. You don’t usually win the Champions League itself in a year with injury worries as big as we have, you know that, Lothar.’
Liverpool’s woeful form this year has been attributed to their extensive injury crisis, with key stars Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson all missing for spells of the season.
However, the Reds’ home form has alarmingly slumped this campaign. Once described as ‘Fortress Anfield’, Liverpool have lost their last six games at home, including defeats to Fulham, Burnley and Brighton.
Klopp added that his side will rue ‘insane mistakes’ in hampering their chances for a top four finish.
The Reds are five points behind Chelsea (R) while Klopp says they are ‘far away’ from United (L)
‘The opponent usually doesn’t need a lot of chances against us because we make big mistakes, insane ones that can almost be described as slapstick,’ Klopp continued.
‘On the other hand, we create a lot of chances, in the ‘expected goals’ we are still second behind Manchester City in the Premier League, but far from them in the ones we actually scored. This problem has been going on throughout the season.’
Finishing outside the top four will do more than just serve as a blow to the ego of Klopp and Liverpool, with financial ramifications expected for missing out on the Champions League.
Klopp says that ‘insane mistakes’ have cost his side in their pursuit of a top four position
Klopp added that he is braced for ‘huge financial losses’ if they miss out on Champions League
The German conceded that the club are braced for such losses, but insisted that he has the full support of everyone at the club to turn things around.
‘It [no Champions League football] would mean a huge financial loss,’ Klopp added. ‘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.
‘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.’
Liverpool can, however, qualify for next season’s competition if they win this season’s tournament. The Reds advanced to the quarter finals after sweeping aside RB Leipzig last week.
The Reds can qualify for next season’s competition in the event that they win it this season