Jurgen Klopp has warned his side against ‘premature’ celebrations as Liverpool look to clinch a top four finish and Champions League qualification.
Liverpool‘s hopes of finishing in the top four are back in their own hands following Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Leicester on Tuesday, victory for the Reds at Burnley this evening set to lift the club above the Foxes and into the Champions League places.
Having looked all but out of the race for the top four following a woeful run of form over February and early March, Liverpool have moved themselves back into contention with an eight-game unbeaten run including victories in each of their past three league fixtures.
Those wins included a dramatic stoppage-time win at West Brom on Sunday, a clash that saw goalkeeper Alisson become the unlikely hero after heading home a late corner at The Hawthorns.
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Klopp has warned his side against believing in ‘fate’ following Alisson’s heroics however, and insists there is work still to be done to secure Champions League qualification.
“Don’t we all believe in fate until we realise that this time it is not meant to be?” he asked his pre-match press conference.
“There’s no reason for me to guard against anything. It [Alisson’s goal] was a very positive moment and in this moment it looked like it was meant to be, but if we finish the season now we are fifth so that doesn’t make too much sense.
“There is still a job to do. If it is fate or not we will see after the end of the season.”
Klopp has reflected on what has proved a challenging season for his side following the success of last season’s title-winning campaign, with the Reds having endured several setbacks including a wealth of injuries to key personnel.
Having fought back to move back into Champions League contention, Klopp is keen for his side to finish the season positively and has warned his side they have achieved nothing yet in their bid to secure a top-four finish.
“This season was a proper teacher in how to deal with setbacks and we learned, so missing chances in the last few games did not have the same impact that it had before. That is the main difference. We had to fight for everything and nothing is guaranteed. We could still be completely without European football.
“That’s how close it is. The two games we drew we drew in the last second. Aston Villa we won in the last second, West Brom we won in the last second. It is a quite intense period of the season for us and it feels good in the moment.
“Maybe we deserve it with the injuries we had and all the things we went through this year. We really had some lessons this year and one of the lessons I learned very early in my life is don’t celebrate the day before the night. Nothing happened yet. We only qualified for the semis. Burnley is a semi-final and if we win it we have a final. If not, then probably not.”