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Jurgen Klopp: Crystal Palace is our cup final

Jurgen Klopp: Crystal Palace is our cup final
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After a hard-fought victory at Burnley, Liverpool now have control of their destiny. Their win against Burnley will guarantee a top-four finish and Champions League football next season.

Liverpool have their top-four fate in their hands after a 3-0 win over Burnley lifted them above Leicester into the Champions League spot.

The last season champions go into the final game of the season as the league’s in-form side, having won 23 of the last 27 points available, and Klopp is demanding one final effort from his team.

“It was a semi-final. We had to win the semi-final and we did that. 3-0. Clean sheet,” Klopp told Sky Sports. “Nothing is decided yet, but we improved our position, slightly, and we have the ‘final’.

“So that’s what we wanted, that’s what we needed and it’s what the boys deserved today because it was a top, top performance.

“You can’t give any chances away against Burnley because of the way they play. They wanted to go for our centre-halves, but our boys did outstandingly well.

“We knew before the game it would be incredibly tough – they had about 3,500 people not on our side. Atmosphere in football is massive.

“I thought the boys dealt really well with that. They didn’t get distracted – they tried to use it because noise is nice. We played a lot of good football stuff.”

Klopp admitted it was amazing that Liverpool were so close to qualifying for the Champions League after a poor run of form at the start of the year seemed to have sunk their chances.

“I couldn’t be more pleased,” Klopp added. “It is not that we took these things for granted. February was the last time we were in the top four and we didn’t win a lot of games since then.

“In the last eight or 10 games, I don’t know how many, we are back on track. If we win on Sunday, then we are probably qualified for the Champions League.

“It’s insane that we came this close, but we are not through yet. It looks like the timing is right but it is not done yet.

“When you win the semi-final you go to a final and that’s where we are. We will give our absolute everything.”

“We have to make sure we recover quickly,” he added. “We have a thin squad in some positions. We have to wrap them in cotton wool.

“I can’t wait for the 10,000 fans at Anfield. Nothing is decided – Palace are strong.”

Written by Quincy Charles

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