SHEFFIELD, United Kingdom: Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool’s chances have not been closed after ending a series of four Premier League defeats with a 2-0 win over Sheffield United.
The mission to defend their title this season has been tarnished by injury and the English champions are now struggling to qualify for next season’s Champions League with tickets to the top four teams in the league.
Klopp’s side remain sixth, but only two points separate them from fourth-placed West Ham and have a chance to overtake Chelsea in fifth place when the Blues travel to Anfield on Thursday.
“A lot of people have started to deny us the opportunity, that’s okay. With all the problems we face, we are still in a good place,” Klopp said.
Captain Jordan Henderson joins Liverpool’s injury list, while goalkeeper Alisson Becker is still mourning the death of her father last week.
Curtis Jones’ second-half shot and Kean Bryan’s own goal gave Liverpool three crucial points to return to the competition.
Sheffield United are still 15 points below the safety line and its manager Chris Wilder admits their quality is not enough to rival Liverpool.
“You have to have your best players and be at the highest performance, unfortunately we are not.
“We have a good spirit but less in terms of quality and strength in the squad. This part is important because it will expose your weaknesses,” Wilder said.