Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has opened up about his side’s top four chances after the Champions League exit earlier tonight.
The Reds crashed out of the Champions League after a 3-1 aggregate defeat to Real Madrid and they will focus on securing a top-four finish in the Premier League now.
With the likes of Chelsea, West Ham United, Tottenham and Leicester City competing for a place in the top four, securing Champions League football for the next season will be quite a challenge for the Reds.
Klopp has revealed that his side have played well in recent weeks especially against Arsenal and Real Madrid tonight. However they will need to work on their finishing in order to pick up important points.
The Reds take on Leeds United on Monday and Klopp has warned that they are one of the most physical sides in the Premier League and the players will have to run a lot and work hard in order to get something out of the game.
Klopp said to Liverpool Echo: “We concentrate on what we do and what we have to. It is tough, we are still not in hotseat and we play at Leeds United on Monday.
“That is a tough one, they are the most physical team in the Premier League pretty much so you better run a lot yourself.
“We know the points we have, we know the table, we know the situation. We don’t have to talk too much about it. If we want (the Champions League) then we should play really good football which we did tonight but if we want to go through we should finish the situations off on top of it.
“We are not in a bad moment. We played really well and got a late winner against Aston Villa, we played really good against Arsenal and not good against Real Madrid in first leg.
“But we were not bad tonight. We really have to keep going and keep fighting, we want the Champions League next year. But we have to pick up more points than a lot of other teams.”
Missing out on Champions League football could be catastrophic for a club of Liverpool’s stature.
Top players will want to play in the Premier European competition and Liverpool might struggle to attract quality signings if they miss out on the top-four finish.
Furthermore, it could be damaging in terms of revenue as well. The Reds have already been hit financially because of the Coronavirus pandemic and they cannot afford to lose out on more money by missing out on Champions League football.