LIverpool: Klopp hails "unbelievable" Alisson goal
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Jurgen Klopp has suggested that leading Liverpool to an unlikely top-four finish this season would represent his greatest managerial achievement, despite winning both the Premier League and the Champions League during his time on Merseyside. The Reds have endured a spectacular fall from grace since the turn of the year, but have mounted a mini-revival in recent weeks to put their European ambitions back on track.
Klopp’s side currently occupy fifth place in the Premier League table, a single point behind Chelsea in fourth with just two matches remaining.
The Blues will face a repeat of Sunday’s FA Cup final against Leicester City on Tuesday evening, with Liverpool desperately hoping for another Foxes victory in order to boost their own hopes of a top-four berth.
The Anfield club will entertain Burnley and Crystal Palace in their final Premier League outings, and six points could be enough to get the job done if Chelsea fail to beat Brendan Rodgers’ side for the second time in four days.
Speaking ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Turf Moor, Klopp admitted that sealing Champions League qualification for next season would be a monumental feat given the club’s recent struggles.
The German boss stressed that the last two games will be like a semi-final and a final respectively, urging his players to take things one step at a time.
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“Massive, absolutely massive,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website when quizzed on the importance of a top-four finish.
“One of the biggest achievements ever. I know how that sounds, I know, but it’s the truth. Everybody here sees it like that.
“Whatever happened this year, it gave us the chance to hold our destiny in our own hands with two games. And it’s absolutely right, yes, it’s a semi-final and a final. So think about the semi-final and not the final.
“That’s Burnley and they are really good and difficult to play, super attitude and in front of their own supporters and all these kinds of things.
“Could it be more tricky? I’m not sure, to be honest! But that’s now how it is.”
Liverpool were handed a huge mental boost against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday afternoon, with Reds goalkeeper Alisson Becker popping up with the most ridiculous of last-minute winners.
The goal, a thumping header that left Baggies stopper Sam Johnstone rooted, earned a vital three points for Klopp’s side and could end up playing a pivotal role in the outcome of their season.
The 53-year-old continued, hailing his goalkeeper’s remarkable contribution but admitting that there will be no room for reflection against the Clarets on Wednesday evening.
“You go to West Brom, the whole world expects [a win], West Brom are already relegated and [it] should be a clear thing,” added Klopp.
“With all the attitude West Brom showed, we had sitters where we could have really decided the game early but we didn’t. That’s the situation. Score that goal, great, 2-1 win, still in the race and now with two wins.
“Of course we are looking forward to the game with Burnley, it’s a different mindset, it’s a different mood but we know how tough it will be.
“[It will be] the first time for ages with supporters in the stadium at Turf Moor, Sean Dyche, a proper competitive guy, the team they lost now against Leeds pretty clear, so they will want to strike back and all these kinds of things.
“It will be a tough one but qualifying for the Champions League should be tough, so I have no problem with that. We just have to make sure that we are ready.”
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