Jurgen Klopp acknowledged Liverpool are “under pressure” to qualify for next season’s Champions League as they look to salvage something from a difficult season.
The Reds were knocked out of this year’s competition at the quarter-final stage after a goalless draw with Real Madrid at Anfield saw them lose 3-1 on aggregate.
Their exit on Wednesday ended any hopes of silverware in this campaign and they now face a battle to finish in the Premier League’s top four with seven games left.
Liverpool are in sixth place, jostling with city rivals Everton along with Chelsea, Tottenham, Leicester and West Ham for the lofty finish they want.
Klopp’s side head into Monday’s clash with Leeds United on the back of three consecutive Premier League wins – just the second time they have strung together a trio of league wins this season.
Liverpool also boast a good recent record against the West Yorkshire club, with Leeds having won just one of their last 11 home games against the Reds in all competitions (drawn three, lost seven).
Speaking at a news conference on Saturday ahead of the trip to Elland Road, the Liverpool manager claimed his side are feeling the heat.
“Yes, we are under pressure, how everyone can imagine, in the sense that we want to finish in the top four but we don’t know in the moment if we will,” Klopp said.
“But we have seven games to prove that point and that’s what we try.
“There are obviously two things in football that are important: one is the performance, the other is results. The last three Premier League games we won, one Champions League game we lost and one we drew.
“The one bad game we played in that spell was the Champions League game we lost, all the other games were OK or better, so that’s what we have to keep doing: play our best football.
“And still you have to accept then the result because you have to finish the situations off, what we didn’t do in the second leg against Real Madrid obviously, but that does not mean we will not do that forever again.
“That’s the situation, just go for it. It’s not only about having a response or whatever, it’s just go for it, go and go and go, play your best football.”
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