Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is taking nothing for granted after his club’s 4-0 victory over West Ham left them on the brink of securing Champions League football for next season.
Liverpool ran out comfortable winners at the London Stadium on Sunday and know victory at home to Middlesbrough in their final game next Sunday will guarantee a top-four finish.
Manchester City could yet leapfrog Liverpool into third if they win or draw their game in hand against West Brom on Tuesday, while Arsenal realistically need a victory over Sunderland on the same night to take their slim hopes of securing a Champions League spot to the last day.
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But even with Liverpool in pole position, Klopp does not want his side’s intensity to drop when they welcome already- relegated Boro next weekend.
“We play Middlesbrough and it will be difficult. They have nothing to lose while we have everything to win,” Klopp said.
“I said in the dressing room immediately after, that we’ve known for weeks that we will have to go until the end, so that’s no problem for us.
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“We want to do this, we want to be successful. If we win, we deserve to be in the Champions League, if not, then we don’t deserve it. That’s pretty easy.
“I thought we found a really good mood for this game, and if we can do it in a similar way in the next game then that’s good. But counting points before you have them is really silly, so we will not do this. We prepare ourselves and try to do our best.”
It turned out to be an emphatic victory at West Ham, who just one week before had beaten London rivals Tottenham to all-but end the club’s hopes of catching leaders Chelsea.
With inputs from agencies.