Liverpool to 'recharge' before Champions League final - Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has urged his players to remain focused on getting the job done against Brighton to ensure there are no late, costly lapses.

While the Seagulls have little to play for this weekend, the hosts require a point to guarantee a top-four finish ahead of Chelsea. The Welsh side's struggles this season have mainly been down to a lack of firepower, as Carlos Carvalhal's team have scored just 27 league goals, the fewest of any top-flight team. Let's be honest about it, I think anyone outside the top six should be saying that each season the No.1 goal is finishing in the top 17.

Mohamed Salah has declared that he is staying with Liverpool next season after enjoying a record-breaking debut season at Anfield.

But Reds boss Klopp is aware of the dangers of complacency, especially with the Champions League final against Real Madrid serving as a potential distraction to his players.

Speaking on Friday, he said: "I would say so".

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Now placed fourth in the EPL standings, a draw against minnows Brighton on Sunday will assure Liverpool a spot in next season's Champions League.

Jurgen Klopp's side are without a win in their last three Premier League games - but a draw would be enough to seal a Champions League place, given their superior goal difference over Chelsea. The Reds have won the last four meetings against Brighton including a 5-1 drubbing in December so the hosts look a good thing but there are alternative ways of attempting to extract some value by backing Liverpool. "That's the situation but it's no problem to play the game, we have to play it anyway so now we have to win it, that's it". It's nearly easy to forget now that we started this campaign by going to Hoffenheim, so our journey has been incredibly intense from moment one.

"But it feels like we are still in the middle of the season". It's often said that the league table doesn't lie, but you'll be hard-pressed to find a Liverpool fan who doesn't believe their side is better than not just Chelsea and Spurs, but also second-placed Manchester United, who have been criticised by their own fans for much of the season.

"All the awards around are really deserved but hopefully the last one was yesterday and now it is about playing the game on Sunday". "As long as we are not 100 percent in the Champions League, this last game is the most important of the season", he said. They share the journey times, the delays, the cost and sacrifice of time to prioritise supporting this great club. Outside the field I have to thank him a lot for everything he has done this year.

  • Regina Holmes