Liverpool hoping to keep Champions League hopes alive against West Brom
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.