It’s been a long time since Liverpool’s gotten anywhere in the Champions League. After a rocky few months, the fight to finish the season in the top four has become a lot more competitive than anyone would like. There are five teams currently in the running for the three non-Chelsea Champions League spots, which is frankly not good for anyone’s blood pressure.
The boss realises there’s no time to dwell on the past, though.
“When there are 200 yards left of a long race, you cannot think about the finish, you can’t think: ‘What happens if I’m not on the podium?’ You have to go for it. You have to get over that finish line and then look back to see who is behind you. That’s the situation we’re in,” Klopp told Liverpool Echo on Friday. “We are in the race. Nothing has been decided until now.”
Klopp is hoping to return from La Manga with a team that’s fit and focused once more, but it’s still going to be difficult to secure the Champions League spot he’s hoping for.
“It’s probably easier to go through to the next round from the group stage of the Champions League than it is to qualify in the first place in England,” he said. “We know it. It’s all good. Everyone knows where we could be with a few more points and all that stuff, but even then nothing would be decided.
“Our position is absolutely okay. We have to use it.”