Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool boss, has said that his team’s prospects of qualifying for the Champions League next season are still poor.
“I like to be an optimist, but in the league, it is almost impossible to qualify in the competition for the Champions League places that we have,” Klopp told Bild.
“At Tottenham, Gareth Bale is now playing again, and they are also in the running. Plus (Manchester) City and United, who are far away.
“Chelsea is on the rise. Reaching Champions League qualification through the league will be difficult, we know that.”
This season, indeed, the reigning Premier League champions have dropped to sixth place on the table.
Moreover, they are still five points out of the top four and are up against teams who have begun to hit their stride at the right time.
Though Liverpool can still make a recovery, they have suffered six loses in their last eight Premier League games.
And Klopp is concerned that his team has left themselves too much to do in the battle for Champions League qualification.