Jurgen Klopp Says Liverpool “Under Pressure” in UCL Race

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Liverpool battled Arsenal to a 3-3 draw on Friday night in a match with huge top four and thus UEFA Champions League implications. After the result, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted that his side in “under pressure” and that it is pressure that is being applied from within.

His Reds hold the final Champions League qualification slot, as they currently sit fourth in the Premier League table, one point ahead of Tottenham Hotspur. Arsenal are right there as well in sixth place, but tied with Spurs on points. Surprising Burnley is just two points behind both in seventh place.

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Liverpool is long extinguished from the league title race, so this their priority domestically. Liverpool winger Mo Salah has promised supporters the team will win a trophy this year, and if he’s proven right, it would have to be in the UEFA Champions League or the FA Cup. The team has yet to win silverware under Jurgen Klopp.

 

“We are a team, so if one makes a mistake and the other one cannot help, we are responsible,” Klopp said this weekend about the battle for top four qualification.

“I am responsible, how I said always, and I feel it. But the performance was good and we need to perform — if we perform we will stay (in fourth place), or we can climb. If we don’t perform we don’t deserve it, so we are under pressure, our own pressure.”

“The boys have real potential; mix it up with attitude it is quality. It was quality (Friday night); not for a result but enough for a good performance. It was draw number eight and we should have won, like all the other draws. In the development, that’s a very important thing.”

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“In a very difficult league, performance-wise we are really consistent so far. If we stay consistent and avoid our mistakes, mistakes like [on Friday], we will win much more games than we lose or draw.

In 2015-16, Klopp took over for the sacked Brendan Rodgers, and he guided them to a runner-up finish in both the UEFA Europa League and the League Cup. However, the Reds also finished in the fourth round of the FA Cup and a very disappointing 8th in the league table.

Last year Jurgen Klopp guided the Reds to a fourth place finish in the in league, the 4th round of the FA Cup again and the semi-finals of the League Cup. He signed a six year contract extension in July of 2016, so he is certainly not on the hot seat by any means, but he does need to start winning silverware sometime soon.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net and TheBank.News, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for the Washington Times, NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, currently contributes regularly to WGN CLTV and the Tribune company’s blogging community Chicago Now.

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