Jurgen Klopp admits being in a top four race ‘isn’t exactly’ what Liverpool fans expected this season following the club’s difficult title defence.
Liverpool have endured a disappointing season after being crowned as Premier League champions in record-breaking fashion in 2019/20, securing a first league title in 30 years with seven games of the season to spare.
Injuries and poor performances have decimated the Reds hopes of retaining the title this term, however, with the defending champions currently sixth in the division and two points adrift of the Champions League places.
Liverpool host fifth-placed Chelsea in a huge clash tomorrow evening with both sides having performed below expectations this season, and Klopp has opened up on the challenge of salvaging a disappointing season and securing a top four finish.
“A week ago we were out now we’re around it again. The challenge and job is clear. We have to win games and as many as possible to make it. We know that,” Klopp told his pre-match press conference.
“We cannot make a difference who we face but we know about Chelsea’s quality and their targets.
“Other teams, our neighbours, West Ham, Tottenham and Leicester. [Manchester] United are maybe not involved anymore and City have already gone.
“For a neutral fan it is exciting and for Liverpool fans as well though it is not maybe in exactly the way they want. We will give it a proper try.”
Liverpool are set to be boosted for tomorrow night’s clash with the returns of Fabinho and Alisson from injury and compassionate leave respectively, whilst Diogo Jota could make his first appearance since December as the forward closes in on a first-team return.