Jürgen Klopp believes the fate may be on Liverpool’s side in the Champions League qualifying race, but warned his side could not ‘celebrate the night before’ with two games to go to decide on their season.
The Liverpool manager admits he believed a top-four spot was supposed to follow the dramatic late Sunday winner at West Brom by Alisson, who is set to be offered a new contract by the club this summer. Liverpool also intend to extend Fabinho’s deal at the end of the season.
But with the victory required at Burnley on Wednesday and against Crystal Palace on the final day to put them in the box for Champions League football next season, Klopp insists Liverpool must capitalize on the momentum that is now with them. them.
“Don’t we all believe in fate until we realize that this time it’s not meant to be?” He asked. “There is no reason for me to protect myself from anything. He [Alisson’s goal] It was a very positive moment and at that point it seemed like it was meant to be, but if we end the season now we’re fifth so that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
“There is still work to be done. Whether it’s fate or not, we’ll see after the season ends. Klopp’s side have entered the Champions League with an eight-game unbeaten streak in the Premier League with six wins. Klopp believes the form and stability have come at the right time, but any self-congratulations would be premature.
The Liverpool manager explained: “This season has been a good teacher in how to deal with setbacks and we’ve learned, so missing chances in the last few games hasn’t had the same impact as before. This is the main difference. We had to fight for everything and nothing is guaranteed. We could still be completely without European football.
“That’s how close it is. The two games that we drew, we drew them in the last second. Aston Villa we won in the last second, West Brom we won in the last second. It’s a pretty intense part of the season for us and it feels good at the moment.
“Maybe we deserve it with the injuries we’ve had and all the things we’ve been through this year. We have really had a few lessons this year and one of the lessons I learned very early in my life is not to celebrate the night before. Nothing has happened yet. We only qualified for the semi-finals. Burnley is a semi-final and if we win it we’ll have a final. Otherwise, probably not.