Jürgen Klopp urges Liverpool to keep pressure on after qualifying for Europe

Jürgen Klopp admitted to feeling relieved after Liverpool guaranteed a Europa League place next season courtesy of a 3-0 victory at Leicester 

but challenged his players to keep their rivals for a top-four spot “on their toes” as they continued their late push to qualify for the Champions League.

Curtis Jones scored twice before Trent Alexander-Arnold capped a seventh straight victory with an excellent free-kick in front of the England manager,


Gareth Southgate, to move within a point of both fourth-placed Manchester United and third-placed Newcastle, both of whom have a game in hand on Liverpool. 

A sixth-placed finish this season now is the worst-case scenario for Liverpool, who host Aston Villa on Saturday before a final-day trip to Southampton.

Klopp conceded he seriously doubted Liverpool’s chances of playing in Europe as recently as six weeks ago. 

Liverpool were 10th after a 3-0 defeat at Wolves in February but they have lost two league games since, the last at Manchester City in April.

Asked whether he was relieved to secure European football after a testing season, Klopp replied: “Massively. Six, seven weeks ago I didn’t believe it could happen. What we lacked at the time was obviously consistency.