Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool’s top four finish ambitions

on 19.03.2016

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp refuses to put limits on what his side can achieve this season with the Reds currently riding the crest of a wave.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Wednesday, March 16, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates after a 1-1 draw, 3-1 on aggregate, victory over Manchester United during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 2nd Leg match at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

He admits their Barclays Premier League destiny is largely in the hands of others but they could receive a huge favour from their rivals this weekend as their unlikely bid for the top four gathers momentum.

West Ham, in fifth, head to Chelsea while on Sunday there is the Manchester derby and, as Liverpool trail fourth-placed City by seven points with a match in hand, there could be more ground to be made up if they can register their fourth successive league win for the first time in 12 months at Southampton.

Knocking arch-rivals Manchester United out of the Europa League in midweek has boosted morale further and Klopp is keen to tap into that but he will not set his players a target as they chase the top four.

“If it would help I would do it but I don’t think it makes too much sense because there is only Southampton and then there is a two-week break where all the players are all around the world and so that is pretty difficult,” he said.

“They have two pretty important games for their national teams and it is the last test before the squads will be made for the European Championships so it is an intensive time for the players.”

Asked whether there was still the possibility to do something special in the final two months of the campaign, Klopp added: “The only thing I can say is ‘hopefully’.

“It is difficult to imagine what could happen but the only thing we can do is do our best and get whatever we can get and that is what we have tried in the last few weeks.

“In the position we are in if you want to get up in the table you have to watch what other teams are doing, which makes no sense as we have no influence over it.

“We have to win our games as often as possible and see what happens.”

Former Saints centre-back Dejan Lovren returns to his former club in arguably his best form since his £20million move in the summer of 2014.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Wednesday, March 16, 2016: Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho celebrates after knocking out Manchester United 3-1 on aggregate (1-1 on the night) during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 2nd Leg match at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

His pairing with Mamadou Sakho, who like his defensive partner has enjoyed an up-and-down Anfield career so far, has improved in recent weeks and Thursday’s 1-1 draw at Old Trafford saw both of them put in impressive performances.

Lovren failed to live up to his inflated price tag under former manager Brendan Rodgers and his confidence suffered in his first season at the club but Klopp has seen the player grow in stature in the last few months.

“What can I say about Dejan Lovren? I heard before I came here and I saw in his eyes when I came here that he wasn’t in the best situation,” said the German, who also has a Europa League quarter-final against former club Borussia Dortmund to look forward to after Friday’s draw.

“But he’s been really good. The only game in my mind was Liverpool against Dortmund in the pre-season friendly (in 2014 when Klopp was in the opposition dug out).

“It was his first game for Liverpool and he was outstanding in this game so I was pretty positive. “Sometimes for players it’s a good thing with a complete change.

“You can start new. That’s what he did and now everyone can see what he’s capable of. “Both centre-halves on Thursday night were brilliant.”

Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno is a doubt for St Mary’s after missing Thursday’s game with a hamstring problem but Klopp at least has an ideal replacement.

Against United he had to deploy midfielder James Milner at left-back as Jon Flanagan was not registered but the 23-year-old academy graduate will return at the weekend buoyed by signing a new three-year contract.

The England international would most likely come in on the right with another former Saint Nathaniel Clyne switching to the left, as he has done previously this season.


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  1. Honestly, we don’t have the luxury to think about these things and start daydreaming.

    Every moment is to be used thinking just about the next game and doing our best there. Rinse and repeat until the season is over.

    Then we can have the luxury to count what was achieved and consider what wasn’t.

    • This season that’s the way to go! Just one game at a time and just see where it goes.

      I think our last result against the saints will not be repeated on sunday.

      • That’s what Leicester’s been doing and it has worked wonders. Focussing on the short-term obstacles to get to your long-term goal is effective in many aspects of life.

    • Wise words Joe, and hopefully the players are programmed to think this way. We as fans probably also should think like this, but I find it very hard and after all we have the luxury of thinking and predicting several games ahead. Especially since I have a bet going (a significant amount of money) with a scum supporter, it’s hard to take one game at the time.
      I gave up top four after the loss to scum two months ago. The draw against Sunderland made me absolutely certain, but especially the win against CP and other teams around us struggling at the same time, there is a little light of hope shining.
      However, looking at the fixture list two months ago, I thought the game we will play tomorrow was going to be the most difficult one. I still think it is. Win tomorrow and I think we are in the race again. If we lose, then it’s just EL left.

  2. Not impossible but not likely. It’s just so Liverpool, we have 3 league wins for the first time this season and some are talking about a top 4 finish…

    I remember last year after a run of good results (not even good performances) there were many regular posters on here claiming we would finish 2nd when we were sitting in 7th.

    • Good point. Lets kill hope and watch one game by one and see where it takes, though good performance is mandatory.

      • I see the point of you fellow fans… But I disagree… Despite not having the best of players, in football, especially if you’re called LFC, it’s a “demand more achieve more” situation, whether it can happen or not… I believe that’s the spirit we should have as LFC… Our history demands it to be like that… Oh, yeah, good to be realistic but…

    • At the moment the only club continuing to grind out the performances
      are Leicester and all the others are inconsistent, if you don’t count the annual
      ‘death march’ of Arsenal towards total nothingness as par for the course.
      Lots of big teams playing each other (Man City vs Man Utd) and Spurs have
      come to Anfield (hardly a happy hunting ground for the men from White Hart Lane in recent decades.)
      Yes! It would be easy to get ‘carried away’ but a chance at dining at the
      top four table would have been accepted a few months back.
      With the EL draw – we will either fall at the next obstacle or go close to
      winning the whole thing.
      Qualifying thru the top 4 positions is by no means out of the question.
      Lets GO KLOPPY & BE HAPPY and see what the football Father Christmas
      stuffs into our “sweaty socks” euuwwww!!

    • It was just the optimism speaking really. We seemed to have gone on a good run of form at exactly the same time as United and Arsenal had as well, meanwhile City were starting to decompose a bit as well. I think the 3rd and 4th positions were genuinely up for grabs given all our wins before the United and Arsenal match. But such was the nature of the situation really, the moment we lost those 2 matches that was the season done and dusted there.

  3. I’ve said it on here before…this season was a write off at the start when BR was at the helm…same squad…different manager…trip to Wembley and some great performances so far…!!! Anything this season is a bonus…what we have definitely achieved through is a brighter future…!!!! YNWA

  4. To be honest, simply getting Kloppo as our manager was more than I was expecting from this season. Anything else is a bonus.

    But, next season – BOOM!

  5. Expectations..lead to depression..that’s what i’ve learned about LFC since 2013/2014… nevertheless the team been doing something towards one point to bring in the expectations and believe…
    its really difficult to see how things cant happen with current manager and believe lately….. anything is possible but rather than expectation..i would prefer to enjoy every moment post match interviews of Klopp whether its a defeat or win… its somehow gonna be awesome and brings in believe of how future gonna be for us……

  6. I find that we always end up having the same discussions here whenever we’re talking about a top four finish or maybe winning the league in general.

    Cliches like one game at a time, shouldn’t be thinking about top 4 are all too commonly uttered now. Even if it is an unrealistic expectation/aspiration to have, there’s nothing wrong with a fan hoping for it. I don’t think we can even say that for the players and the club either. Like I’m sure that’s on their minds and is used as a motivational tool towards winning a match. So much of this game is played on the basis of hope after all.

    • The problem is every time we go on a good run of form and the hope comes back, we turn in a hopeless performance and give it all away. Lots of fans utter these cliches based on past experiences.

      • I get it man…it’s the hope that kills you. But generally, you hear all this talk about the season ending early when there the hopes for top 4 are gone and the team is out of all competitions. Players and clubs in general need something to play for, perhaps wrongly so but it definitely makes a difference.

        • Real champions never lose hope.. Every game should be played with hope.. Every minute.. Winning mentality, state of mind..

      • I also agree but superstition is not what causes LFC to lose again, us thinking they could win the league after beating Man city 4-1 and Chelsea 3-1 at their home ground isnt the reason why they are inconsistent so us wanting them to finish strong is healthy and shouldnt be feared with silly superstitions.

        Its going to be the way it is going to be, and thats A lot better with Klopp.

  7. What ever the outcome in the PL this season doesnt matter , we would take it with our chins up. Let the game vs B.Dortmund be our yardstick of our future.

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