Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has refuted suggestions the club will be annoyed at having to play in the Europa League next season if they miss out on the top four.
Klopp says that they will not be thinking ‘oh my god, now we have to play that’ if they qualify for the Europa League, citing the fun they had in the competition on their way to the final earlier in his tenure. Liverpool lost 3-1 to Sevilla in the final in 2016 during Klopp’s first season in charge of the club.
The Reds boss, however, says that he is not focusing on next season too much right now as a top-four finish is still possible in the Premier League. Liverpool are seven points off the top four as it stands and have five games left to play, whilst the likes of Chelsea and West Ham only have four.
Klopp has not lost hope on catching Chelsea in the race for Champions League qualification and will not go too far in-depth with his thoughts for next season’s European adventure until they know for sure what competition they will be competing in.
Speaking in his latest press conference, as relayed by Anfield Watch, Klopp reacted to the possibility of playing Europa League football next season.
Jurgen Klopp on the Europa League:
"We will not think, ‘Oh my God, now we have to play that.’ No, no, no, that’s a great competition. But in the moment I didn’t think it through to the end because I believe in the little chance [of Champions League] as well." 🔴 pic.twitter.com/hloVgt0aMJ
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