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“You cannot qualify”- Jurgen Klopp growing worried of Liverpool’s chances to play in Champions League next season

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Jurgen Klopp tells players what to do to qualify for the Champions League next season

Liverpool are in dire straits in terms of their domestic standings. The Reds are ninth on the points table with only four wins from 12 games. Moreover, two back-to-back losses against teams in the relegation zone rub salt in the wound.

The ambitions of a 20th top-flight league title are almost impossible from this stage but the gaffer Jurgen Klopp and the rest of the Reds would have been optimistic about a top-four finish for a place in the UEFA Champions League. However, with increased competition in the top half of the table, that seems at stake as well.

Currently, the top four include Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham and Newcastle United. Eddie Howe’s side are the surprise element in the quartet. The Midlands outfit have been playing wonderful football this season, and deservedly hold a UCL spot, albeit for the time being.

Liverpool gaffer Jurgen Klopp has a huge rebuild on his hands after a tough start to the league campaign.
Liverpool gaffer Jurgen Klopp pictured during Liverpool’s 2-1 loss to Leeds United. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

With losses against ‘lesser’ opposition and frustrating draws amid just four wins in the league, Liverpool presently are not in the best frame of mind to be playing the daily life of the Premier League.

Here is what Klopp had to say about Liverpool’s chances to qualify for the UCL next season with the poor domestic form this season via told the Liverpool Echo (h/t Chronicle Live):

 “I’m not that dumb that I don’t know about distances and who is up there.

“You cannot qualify for the Champions League if you play as inconsistent as we do at the moment. We have to fix that. Then we will see where we end up.

“We all know that a lot of things are possible, but for that we have to win football games which we haven’t done that often.”

Tough road ahead for Liverpool

With the so-called mid-table teams upping their game this season, Liverpool have not had it easy to get results. Very frustrating draws against Bournemouth, Crystal Palace Fulham, and Everton have completely derailed the Reds’ charge towards the top half of the table.

Liverpool are in poor form under Jurgen Klopp this season and are in danger of not qualifying for next season's UEFA Champions League.
Liverpool are in poor form under Jurgen Klopp this season and are in danger of not qualifying for next season’s UEFA Champions League. (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)

Losses have come against Manchester United, Arsenal, Nottingham Forest and Leeds United. Two of those games were practically handed over to the opposition. Nevertheless, there is no point in singing the blues over whatever happened in the past.

At this very point in time wherein, the season is at a crucial juncture right before the international break, it is important for Klopp and his men to gather positive momentum and head into the break for the World Cup with league wins against Tottenham and Southampton on our back.

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However, Liverpool play Napoli in their final group stage game of this year’s UCL to determine the 1-2 finish in the group. With the Italian giants in sublime form, it will be a good chance for the Reds to fight back and show the fans that they are still giving it their all.