Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has tasked his players to be like Chelsea and see off games as they bid for Champions League Football for the first time since 2014.
The Reds drew 2-2 with AFC Bournemouth to remain 3rd on the Premier League table having played a game or two more than their competitors. They find themselves on 60 points, just 6 points above sixth placed Manchester United albeit having played two games more.
Liverpool are unbeaten against the top seven, amassing nineteen points but have dropped more points against teams in the bottom half of the table. At the end of their game against Bournemouth in which Liverpool dropped two more points and are just six points away from 5th placed Arsenal, Klopp said;
“Probably [if it was] Chelsea, for example, the opponent would not have the ball three times in the last 20 minutes I think.”
“Yes, we don’t have this experience. Probably you need things like last night to get more experience than this, even though [the result] was not that good.
“On the other hand, we’ve probably still scored the most goals in the Premier League so far [66 – five more than Arsenal], so it’s part of the game that we try to create moments all the time. We have to get more experience in this, for sure.”
Divock Origi who scored Liverpool second on the night have different ideas as he calls on fans not to panic as they bid for Champions League qualification. He is quoted as saying;
“The situation is not dramatic, we still have a lot to play for and we took a point.”
“If you look at the game, we put a lot of energy in, a lot of work, and we created a lot of chances but the details count at this level.
“We have to sit down and see what went wrong and what was good and move forward, because there are still a lot of points to play for.
“We just have to stay strong and in a couple of days we have Stoke, a very important game, and football [moves] quick so let’s try and go and win this game. We knew that the race would be tight but, as you’ve seen, other teams that go for the top four can drop points as well.
“We all know that we have one goal. We have to move forward and make sure that the things that went less well don’t happen again and just try and take as many points as possible.”
Liverpool travels to the Bet 365 stadium on Saturday to face Stoke City.