Saturday 17 November 2018

Klopp's focus is firmly fixed on Brighton battle

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: PA
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: PA

Paul Wilson

Many Liverpool fans have thought about little other than the Champions League final for the last couple of weeks, waiting to find out if they have tickets in the ballot and paying eye-watering prices for day trips to Kiev, but Jurgen Klopp has put it all to the back of his mind.

Thanks to the defeat at Chelsea last week, Liverpool still need a point to guarantee Champions League football next season and Klopp has not been instructing his players to keep their focus on Brighton this afternoon without being willing to do so himself. "It would have been nice to do it earlier but now we have to do it on the last day," the Liverpool manager said.

"We have had a good season but now we have to deliver it all again. I have no problem concentrating on Brighton, I have not been skipping forward to think about Real Madrid."

Though Liverpool undoubtedly have had a good season, even a win in their final game would take them to only 75 points, one fewer than they collected last season.

"It's difficult to compare one season directly with another," said Klopp. "Last season we were not in Europe, for example. We would have picked up more Premier League points this season had we not been involved in the Champions League.

"For sure it feels to me like we have improved from last season, even if we had a few results that weren't as good as they could have been. We have had many more good games than we played last season, some of them outstandingly good performances."

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  • Liverpool v Brighton, Sky Sports Main Event, 3.0

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