Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool cannot afford to waste any more points if they are to make a late run into the top four – and has called on his players to ‘squeeze something out of this season’.
The Liverpool manager revealed that all of those who were on international duty have returned unscathed and are “ready to go” as he looks to rescue a Champions League berth for next season by finishing in the top four, starting with the trip to Arsenal on Saturday – live on Sky Sports.
It is quite the fall from grace from the Premier League champions, who led the table on 82 points after 29 games last season. Now, they sit seventh on 46 points after the same number of games – a drop of 36 points – but Klopp will look to use victories over RB Leipzig and Wolves before the recent hiatus as a springboard.
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When asked if this feels like a ‘mini season’, the Liverpool boss told Sky Sports: “Yes, it must be for us. There’s a lot to go for. We’re not in the best position to fight for the Champions League spots but it’s clear we’ll fight for it and if not then for the other European spots.
“It’s our job and that’s what we want. We want to be as successful as possible. At the beginning of the season, we had different targets which is normal but we’re now here in our reality and the position is not as bad as it could’ve been so we’re going to try everything to squeeze something out of this season.
“There are other teams in better positions, so we have to make sure that we can chase them but whether that’s possible or not will be decided in the specific games, like on Saturday against Arsenal. We don’t have many points to waste anymore and a tough programme coming up. When you’re in the situation we’re in, you’ve not got a lot to lose as well so let’s go for it.”