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Jurgen Klopp says he is “naturally confident” that Liverpool FC can still finish in the Premier League’s top four this season despite their Champions League exit. Meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand believes that it is going to be a “tough ask” for the Reds.
Liverpool exited the competition on Wednesday night after they were held to a 0-0 draw with Real Madrid at Anfield following a 3-1 defeat in the Spanish capital last week. Liverpool FC are in sixth position and three points behind West Ham ahead of their clash against Leeds United at Elland Road on Monday night.
“That has nothing to do with confidence,” Klopp said. “I would say I’m naturally confident but that doesn’t mean we will end up there. We just can read the table, we know the points, we know the situation, stuff like this and we know who we play.
“We don’t have to talk too much about it. I said now what I think about it already, yes I want and we have to and if we want that we should better play really good football. Like we did tonight but we should finish the situations off on top of that because that is very helpful as well.
“I think we are not in a bad moment in the moment, we played pretty well even when it was a late winner against Aston Villa but we played a good game against them and played really good against Arsenal. So not too good against Real Madrid in the first leg but the other games were not bad. Tonight, a good game, so we just have to keep going.
“We really have to keep going, we have to keep fighting and we want to be next year in the Champions League. ‘But in the moment, we still have to pick up more points than a lot of other teams.”
Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand feels that Liverpool FC are facing a serious uphill battle.
Speaking on BT Sport after Liverpool FC’s goalless draw with Real Madrid on Wednesday night, Ferdinand said: “They’ve put themselves in a position where they’re in the chasing pack now. Chelsea are getting stronger. Leicester are potentially a team they can catch.
“It’s going to be tough. This place, they’ve been used to it in the last couple of years, Champions League football. They’ve thrived under the spotlight here. I think it’s a tough ask getting back in the Champions League this year.”