Jürgen Klopp from Liverpool FC is fighting for the Champions League qualification after surviving the earnings crisis. “A lot of people wrote us off. That’s okay,” said the 53-year-old after Sunday’s 2-0 (0-0) win at bottom Sheffield United: “With all the problems we’ve had, we’re still there within striking distance of the exciting table positions. “
With the first win after four Premier League defeats in a row, the Reds moved back close to the top four. Liverpool are sixth with 43 points, but are only two points behind fourth West Ham United.
In between is Chelsea’s head coach Thomas Tuchel, who has one point more than Klopp. Next Thursday there will be a duel between the German football teachers, who both want to reach the premier class.
“We play against Chelsea on Thursday,” said Klopp, “we have to show it again. We have to win games, we know that. Without results you won’t make it into the Champions League.”
For the top game against the Blues, Klopp is optimistic about the return of striker Diogo Jota, defensive all-rounder Fabinho and regular goalkeeper Alisson Becker.
Klopp he was “pretty sure” that the duo could be an option for Thursday. Jota was missing for a short time after recovering from a knee injury.
The Portuguese traveled to the away game with the team, but then had to pass because he “got sick overnight,” said Klopp. Whether Jota can be there against Chelsea remains to be seen in the following days. “I think he will be available, but I don’t know,” said Klopp.