EPL: Chelsea keep top-four hopes alive

EPL: Chelsea keep top-four hopes alive

With only one win in their last five league games, third placed Liverpool have made their top four status an unnecessarily tense affair.

So when on Sunday Chelsea took a first-half lead, somewhat against the run of play, versus Liverpool in a must-win contest, their fans will have been forgiven for fearing the worst. With a game in hand, Chelsea still have nine points to play for in the Premier League and a win on Sunday would be huge for their aspirations of being together with Europe's royalty.

Liverpool looked set to secure a place in the top four last month when they comfortably beat Bournemouth 3-0 just days after knocking Manchester City out of the Champions League quarter-finals with a 5-1 aggregate win.

However, Klopp, whose team booked a place in the Champions League final on Wednesday, claimed it was not unexpected that the former Roma forward could have an off-day.

"We don't have a big squad and we had injury problems, so when the boys come back [they] don't have rhythm". The have just reached the final of the Champions League.

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For Liverpool, Adam Lallana is back in training but unlikely to be available from the start.

Failing that, victory at home to Brighton on the final day of the league season would do the job before Liverpool focus on their European showdown with Cristiano Ronaldo and company. Today it was a must-win game, but not against a simple opponent.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is getting a bit annoyed with the same questions from reporters but his answers remain the same. "To show you are the best during the season", Conte said.

"Chelsea is a similar situation to the [Roma] game - fighting with all they have, they don't have anything to lose", Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com."If we draw it's not good for them; if we win it's not good for them. The performance was good enough to get a good point, but we weren't clinical enough", Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said. When it became clear that we could sell him in the window then we had to do the deal and find other solutions.

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