Following Liverpool’s Champions League loss to Real Madrid, Juergen Klopp has selected three future games that he believes will be vital in determining the course of the Reds’ season. Although Klopp is already considering the future and the important games that lie ahead, he has acknowledged the impact of the setback.
After Liverpool’s devastating elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid, Jürgen Klopp has conceded that Liverpool faces a big job to qualify for the competition next season. On Wednesday, the group lost 1-0 to Real Madrid, dropping to the round of 16 with a 6-2 overall loss.
According to Klopp, the team must now concentrate on their Premier League campaign and work toward a top-four finish. Liverpool has a big challenge ahead of them if they want to guarantee their spot among the top teams in Europe for the upcoming season. They are now in sixth place, six points behind fourth place with a game remaining. Notwithstanding the setback, Klopp and his group are committed to putting in extra effort and meeting the challenge at hand.
Liverpool’s following game is slated for the first week of April, following a free weekend and the international break. With games against league champions Manchester City and Chelsea, then a home game versus league leaders Arsenal, all within an eight-day span, the team will face a difficult schedule. For Liverpool to finish in the top four of the Premier League and guarantee a spot in the Champions League for the upcoming season, these games are essential. To defeat these strong foes and accomplish their season-long objectives, Klopp and his players will need to perform at their peak.
When asked if the incident in Spain demonstrated the importance of Liverpool achieving qualification, Klopp responded, “Definitely. Since we have a winning record in this tournament, we typically enter the contest with that goal in mind. We occasionally made it to the final; it’s true that we didn’t win too often, but we made it there three times in recent years.
“For this reason, I firmly believe that you must excel if you want to win the competition. We weren’t tonight, which is reasonable given why we went out.
It’s THE competition, though, and we want to participate every year, which is now a huge undertaking for us. That is common knowledge.
“We have a good football week ahead of us when we return from the international break, I would think, with three games — City, Chelsea, and Arsenal. They’ll probably specify how and where we exit.
“Some can argue that we lost against Bournemouth, but I believe this week to be fairly significant. We will try it, but we must now pray that the boys return healthy, on time, and in good form.
“Our objective is to get every last drop of season out of it,” continued Klopp. Thus far, it has been an odd one. In our most recent two games, we gave a fantastic performance against Manchester United, a very talented football team, and then a terrible performance against Bournemouth, a very talented football side.
“That has increased the strain on us. People could smell or taste our breath if we had the three most points, but now that the other teams have won, there is a distance.