“The good thing is to win the Champions League, so you win a trophy and you have Champions League football next season”, added Klopp, whose Liverpool close out their season at home to relegated Middlesbrough on Sunday. This means that nearly everyone still has something to play for. If we lose or draw we might miss out. With fifth-place Arsenal trailing by five on goal differential, Man City is most likely playing for an automatic place into the group stage, while leaving Liverpool and Arsenal to duke it out over a place in the play-in round.
And they are also keen to avoid any potential clash with the Champions League Final in Cardiff on June 3.
“As the Daily Telegraph explains: “£399m is up for grabs in prize money with each league position worth an incredible £1.9m from the bottom of the table up”.
“Inside the club, people see the development which is very positive”.
Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat to Spurs means their only hope of making it is to win Europa League final. “We had the mentality to win at all costs and we won and we won well”.
Those two teams also face last-day thrillers against sides that could finish above or below them.
“Before the last game, we had 70 and I said to the boys, “Really, I am already fine” because we did this and that, not everything perfectly, but it’s not about looking back at where we lost points and where we did this and so on”.
“But that sums up Arsenal’s season”.
The Chilean scored in the 72nd and 81st minutes to go within a point of Liverpool and at least put some pressure on their top-four rivals. The third and final relegation berth was decided on Sunday. Arsenal would need to beat Everton 1-0 at the Emirates, which sounds realistic.
With one round of Premier League matches to play, the easiest way to get your head around it is first of all by seeing how things now stand.
“This is a situation, maybe some players don’t feel great but you need to be focused on our job and have the best results for Arsenal“. They go into that match three points ahead of Arsenal, and two ahead of Liverpool.
But that’s not how this works – if Liverpool lose 2-0 to Boro and Arsenal draw 1-1 against the Toffees, it’s a Champions League play-off pure and simple, with fourth place on the line.
Having breezed past West Ham at the London Stadium last weekend, victory at home to already relegated Middlesbrough seems like a certainty for Jürgen Klopp’s men – even if they have underperformed against at home in some matches recently.