EPL Wrap: Klopp Delighted With Destiny in Liverpool's Hands

EPL Wrap: Klopp Delighted With Destiny in Liverpool's Hands Photo: TT
Liverpool's Diogo Jota, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Liverpool

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has beamed with delight after the Reds shot back into UEFA Champions League contention with a 4-2 win at Manchester United on Thursday.

The 4-2 win means fifth-placed Liverpool have destiny in their own hands in terms of qualifying for the top four, whereby if they win their remaining three games they will leapfrog either Chelsea or Leicester City.

Fourth-placed Chelsea host third-placed Leicester next week after they meet in this weekend’s FA Cup final, allowing Liverpool to catch up.

The Reds are currently fifth on 60 points with three games to play, while Leicester and Chelsea are on 66 and 64 respectively with both having two games to play.

“We don’t have to change the approach, no, we always play to win,” Klopp said.

“The only thing we can do to get to the Champions League is to win all our games. The only thing that changed in that regard after last night is that if we win all four games then it will be, that was not the case before so that’s the only thing that changed.

“Apart from that, it’s been clear for weeks what we have to do, that’s why the two draws against Leeds and Newcastle, with conceding goals in the last minute, felt so much like a defeat.

“I know for supporters, journalists all these kind of things it means, Yes, they won now against United, now they go to West Brom and stuff like this, but we are not like this.”

Klopp was referring to Liverpool’s upcoming league clash with relegated West Bromwich where it is anticipated they’ll gain another three points to catch up on the top four.

“West Brom plays an exceptional second half of the season,” Klopp said. “It was tough for them, it was really close and they played some really good football. They are now completely free of pressure so that can lead to anything.

“Tonight, we were good enough to win it and then on Sunday if we would be good enough to win the next one, that would be really cool as well.”

Meanwhile, Aston Villa and Everton drew 0-0 in the other game on Thursday night.

Ben somerford
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