Liver­pool hop­ing to keep Cham­pi­ons League hopes alive against West Brom

Sunday Trust - - FEVER PITCH -

Liver­pool boss Jur­gen Klopp has set his side the tar­get of win­ning their re­main­ing games this sea­son in or­der to qual­ify for the Cham­pi­ons League, start­ing with to­day’s clash at West Brom.

Liver­pool travel to The Hawthorns with a six-point cush­ion over fifth-placed Manch­ester United in the race for Europe’s premier club com­pe­ti­tion, al­beit hav­ing played two games more than their ri­vals.

And the Ger­man pre­dicted that Liver­pool would seal a top­four fin­ish if they were to win all of their re­main­ing six Premier League matches.

“If we win all the rest of the games it’s pretty sure we’ll be in the Cham­pi­ons League,” Klopp said. “Teams who have less games than us play each other, so they can­not get all the points.

“West Brom have all our re­spect and all our con­cen­tra­tion. We will try to be at our best. West Brom play an out­stand­ing sea­son. Last two or three re­sults they didn’t score, but noth­ing we should think about.

“Maybe they are the most ex­pe­ri­enced team in the Premier League. They play at home. A lot of things that cause us work. We will fight for the re­sult. That’s the only thing I think about.”

In­cred­i­bly, Liver­pool have never beaten a Tony Pulis side away from home in the Premier League, a run dat­ing back to the 2008/09 sea­son and his days as Stoke City man­ager.

Pulis didn’t lose at home to Liver­pool through his five sea­sons at the helm of the Pot­ters, while since then he has fa­mously over­seen a 3-3 draw at Sel­hurst Park dur­ing his time in charge at Crys­tal Palace, be­fore two con­sec­u­tive draws at The Hawthorns.

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