Klopp’s fo­cus is firmly fixed on Brighton bat­tle

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - SOCCER - PAUL WIL­SON

MANY Liver­pool fans have thought about lit­tle other than the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal for the last cou­ple of weeks, wait­ing to find out if they have tick­ets in the bal­lot and pay­ing eye-wa­ter­ing prices for day trips to Kiev, but Jur­gen Klopp has put it all to the back of his mind.

Thanks to the de­feat at Chelsea last week, Liver­pool still need a point to guar­an­tee Cham­pi­ons League foot­ball next sea­son and Klopp has not been in­struct­ing his play­ers to keep their fo­cus on Brighton this af­ter­noon with­out be­ing will­ing to do so him­self. “It would have been nice to do it ear­lier but now we have to do it on the last day,” the Liver­pool man­ager said.

“We have had a good sea­son but now we have to de­liver it all again. I have no prob­lem con­cen­trat­ing on Brighton, I have not been skip­ping for­ward to think about Real Madrid.”

Though Liver­pool un­doubt­edly have had a good sea­son, even a win in their fi­nal game would take them to only 75 points, one fewer than they col­lected last sea­son.

“It’s dif­fi­cult to com­pare one sea­son di­rectly with an­other,” said Klopp. “Last sea­son we were not in Eu­rope, for ex­am­ple. We would have picked up more Pre­mier League points this sea­son had we not been in­volved in the Cham­pi­ons League.

“For sure it feels to me like we have im­proved from last sea­son, even if we had a few re­sults that weren’t as good as they could have been. We have had many more good games than we played last sea­son, some of them out­stand­ingly good per­for­mances.”

Liver­pool v Brighton, Sky Sports Main Event,

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