The manager of Liverpool football club, Jurgen Klopp, has insisted that many people are interested in the club’s performance in the Premier League, hence, he and his men would not sacrifice their performance in the league for UEFA Champions League glory.
Liverpool are currently in crisis mode in the Premier League as the club is steadily drifting away from the chance of possessing a top-four spot. The club is currently in a 5 match home losing streak that has never been witnessed at the club for almost a century.
Jurgen Klopp and his men have managed to win just three Premier League games since the commencement of this year. So far this season, they have recorded just 12 league win, 7 draws, and a whopping 8 defeats in 27 league games. Liverpool have never had it this bad in the Premier League in the last four years.
This terrible run of form has only succeeded in pushing Liverpool down to the 7th spot on the league table with 43 points in 27 games, four points away from 4th placed Chelsea. The two teams ahead of Liverpool – 6th placed West Ham and 5th placed Everton both have a game in hand which means the battle to make the top four will be a tough one for the reigning Premier League champions.
Hence, a shortcut that can help Liverpool play in the Champions League next season is to win this season’s UEFA Champions League. They are currently in the round of 16 stage of the competition. Jurgen Klopp and his boys defeated RB Leipzig 2-0 away from home in the first leg of the stage.
If Liverpool beat or draw with the German Bundesliga side in the return leg on March 10, the Premier League club will scale through to the quarter-final stage of the competition where anything can happen.
Also, if Liverpool manage to win the Champions League title over Bayern Munich and Manchester City that have been picked as the favorites to win the tournament, the Merseyside club’s position on the Premier League table would no longer matter as that would qualify them automatically for Champions League football next season.
But Jurgen Klopp insisted ahead of Liverpool league match against Fulham which is scheduled for today, March 7, at 15:00, that he and his players would not stop fighting to finish well in the league no matter their progress in the Champions League.
“We play Fulham and three days later we play Leipzig and we are not in the next round,” Klopp said.
“I can’t think about winning the Champions League now as we have to go through this difficult round.
“This week we play these three games, late in the season, with two days in between, Thursday, Sunday, and Wednesday, and it is tough.
“We see who we can field on Sunday and then who can play on Wednesday but it is not that we gave up on the Premier League, that will never happen.
“There is no game we can play and lose and people say, ‘Ah… look at the line-up’.
“Liverpool is too big, too many people are interested. We don’t play behind closed doors really without cameras, it is in front of our people and we feel the responsibility that in each game we have to give our absolute everything to win it.
“If that doesn’t happen then people will think, ‘That’s not enough. We don’t change our attitude.”