Premier League: Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are ‘still alive’ in the top four race

The manager feels the Reds can finish fourth if they win their last four Premier League games

Jurgen Klopp celebrates the victory with Georginio Wijnaldum; Credit: Liverpool FC Twitter

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes four wins out of their remaining four matches will secure his side a Champions League qualifying position. On Saturday, the Reds were not at their lethal best but showed glimpses of returning to form by beating a tricky Southampton side 2-0. The victory at Anfield coupled with Leicester’s shock Friday night defeat to Newcastle United – moved Liverpool to within six points of the fourth-placed Foxes. Moreover, Liverpool have a game in hand.

On Saturday, it all started with Sadio Mane giving Liverpool the lead after 31 minutes when he headed in Mohamed Salah’s cross at the back post. The three points were guaranteed in second-half injury time when Thiago Alcantara scored his first goal for the club. “It was a big one for us obviously tonight, we really needed that. It was a tough one as well,” he said at the post-match press conference.

“It’s always like this against Southampton, I can’t remember a game against Southampton where it felt like kind of comfortable. Years ago we played a cup game where we won with six but it was before Ralph. They obviously have a very intense style and they ask for everything.”

“We did a really good job and I’m happy about that, we scored the goals. Obviously being 1-0 up is, in the moment for us, not the result where we all feel halfway through – which is good because we should not but we had obviously now twice in a row a similar situation. So, scoring that second goal was obviously a big relief.”

‘Still alive’

Klopp feels the three points keep them in the hunt for a Champions League spot. “What that means for our top-four hopes? That they’re still alive. That’s all, nothing else. It’s nothing to do with confidence or whatever,” he added.

“Our situation changed slightly but only for us, for the other teams not too much because they are still in a better position and we know that. The only thing we can do is [keep] winning our games but that’s really tough because we play Manchester United on Thursday and that’s historically not easy – but we will give it a try.”

Klopp feels they have to win their remaining four games to have a chance of booking a top four place in the Premier League. “We have to win football games – and if we win all four it could be enough,” he added.

“I didn’t really think it through, to be honest, but winning four games is pretty much the only chance we have, so that’s what we should try. It will be difficult but we will try it anyway.”




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