Klopp Makes Shocking Verdict On Liverpool’s Top Four Chances. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp feels Reds supporters have unrealistic expectations of the Merseyside club finishing in the top four of the Premier League standings and qualifying for next season’s UEFA Champions League.
The German manager is adamant that finishing in the top four would be exceedingly difficult this season. “Reaching the Champions League is of course extremely important for us. That’s insanely difficult. People are a bit spoiled there because we’ve mostly made it early in recent years. If it works out this year, it will be a late decision. It may take a while for us to catch up. But we know what we have to do.”
Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool's top four hopes:
"Reaching the Champions League is of course extremely important for us. That's insanely difficult. People are a bit spoiled there because we've mostly made it early in recent years." #lfc [bild via mail] pic.twitter.com/YGAk45WsEn
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) January 4, 2023
Liverpool’s season in the English top division hasn’t been particularly impressive thus far. After the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the Reds’ transition back to domestic football was dismal. Manchester City defeated the Merseyside team 3-2 to go to the EFL Cup semifinals.
Liverpool did secure victories in the Premier League over Aston Villa and Leicester City. However, the Reds suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Brentford on 2 January. The fixture saw Liverpool centre-back Ibrahima Konate get on the wrong side of the scoresheet with an own goal.
The Reds are presently sixth in the Premier League rankings, seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester United. Klopp‘s team will undoubtedly have their work cut out for them as they attempt to gain ground in the top-four chase.
Klopp suggested that the Reds’ arduous 2021/22 campaign had led to injury difficulties carrying over to the current season. Last season, Liverpool was on the verge of completing a quadruple after defeating Chelsea on penalties in both the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup finals. However, the Reds were defeated by Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final and by Manchester City in the Premier League final.
The Merseyside club has already suffered crucial injuries in key positions, with Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz out following injuries sustained in October. Virgil van Dijk also suffered a hamstring injury in the team’s 3-1 loss against Brentford.