Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool’s Champions League hopes are in their own hands and says he won’t be looking at Leicester’s result on the final day of the Premier League season.
Liverpool are unbeaten in their past nine league fixtures and moved back into the division’s top four with a 3-0 win over Burnley on Wednesday, their strong finish to the campaign moving the club back into contention for Champions League qualification.
Klopp’s side are level on points with fifth-placed Leicester ahead of this weekend’s final game against Crystal Palace, with Chelsea a point ahead in third ahead of what promises to be a tense final round of fixtures.
The Reds boast a superior goal difference to the chasing Foxes however, and Klopp insists his focus remains firmly on his own side with their fate in their own hands ahead of the visit of Crystal Palace.
“I don’t think we should look there unless Leicester are five or six goals up,” Klopp said at his pre-match press conference.
“I will not be involved unless something really strange happens, and then I’m sure someone will tell me that we do not have enough and we have to go to the next gear.
“The plan is to be on top of our game so nobody has to remind us of anything.”
Liverpool enjoyed one of their most impressive performances of the season in the reverse fixture at Palace, winning 7-0 in December to record their biggest ever Premier League victory.
Klopp insists that that fixture will have no bearing on his side’s preparations on Sunday however, against an Eagles team who will part ways with former Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson at the end of the season.
“We just have to win the game and that is what we know,” Klopp added.
“The result from the first game is irrelevant for us. Sometimes you may use pictures of the first game, but none of them will be used in our meeting. It will not happen like that again.
“The door opened a little bit for us but you still have to step through. The boys have done that so far but it’s not final. We have one game to go and that is what we have to focus on.
“We will play the day after tomorrow after a tough period, we just have to make sure we recover properly and be at our best. It was an intense season but we now have it in our hands to make it a top finish.”