After losing against Real Madrid in the Uefa Champions League, Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has shifted focus to the Premier League.
The Reds were knocked out of the continental competition on Wednesday evening after failing to overturn a 3-1 first leg score line at Anfield. Los Blancos defended their advantage until the final whistle as the game ended in a 0-0 stalemate.
The result meant that Liverpool’s season will finish without silverware, but they still have the chance to secure a top-four finish which would book them a spot in next season’s champions league.
Klopp has urged his players to put the disappointment behind them and focus on climbing up the log standings. Speaking to Sky Sports, the German technician says it will be a failure to finish outside the top four.
“I think we are not in a bad moment at the moment. We played pretty well even when it was a late winner against Aston Villa. We played a good game against them, we played really good against Arsenal and not too good against Real Madrid in the first leg, but in the other games we were not bad.
“We again had a good game, so we just have to keep going. We really have to keep going. We have to keep fighting, we want to be in the champions league next year, but in the moment we still have to pick up more points than a lot of other teams.
“We love this competition and for other reasons it is very important we are back in it. We can now concentrate on the Premier League and we will. We have to work our socks off against Leeds.”
Liverpool currently sit in sixth place on the table with 49 points from 31 games and face Leeds United on Monday.
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