The Liverpool manager was extremely honest about his side’s chances
For the first time since Liverpool’s sensational and unprecedented slump, Jurgen Klopp sat down to talk at length about his club’s predicament. The Liverpool head honcho not only talked about the dressing down Liverpool have received off late but also addressed his future at the side.
However, despite him rifling past a slew of topics, one issue which stood out was his acceptance of Liverpool’s failure to make the Champions League this season. Despite Liverpool being in 6th spot and only five points adrift of the top 4, Klopp admitted that Liverpool were not going to make the cut this season.
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“I like to be an optimist, but in the league it is almost impossible to qualify in the competition for the Champions League places that we have,” Klopp said when talking about his side’s aspirations.
“At Tottenham, Gareth Bale is now playing again, and they are also in the running. Plus City and United, who are far away.
“Chelsea is on the rise. Reaching Champions League qualification through the league will be difficult, we know that.
“You don’t usually win the Champions League itself in a year with injury worries as big as we have.
“Then in the worst case it will be next year: no Champions League, maybe Europa League, although that is not guaranteed either.”
“It would mean a huge financial loss,” he said regarding a lack of Champions League football. Otherwise not that much,” he added.
“I am aware, in almost all football clubs in the world, I would be questioned in a situation like our current one.
“This is completely normal, reality, the business. I would accept that immediately.
“But it’s different here in Liverpool. Our owners, the sports director, even the players, nobody doubts anyone here. We have accepted the situation for ourselves and fight our way through it.
“Even if there has never been anything like it after a championship then we’ll be the first to fight our way, as a large, successful club.
“If we don’t play internationally (in Europe) at all, that means more time to relax. That would be bad for all other teams because training is good for us.
“If we had more time, we could take advantage of it. We would try to turn the bad situation into something good.”