‘Could go third’ – Jurgen Klopp claims Tottenham are now ‘really close’

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Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Champions League qualification is not yet done and dusted for Liverpool this season, while pointing to Tottenham’s resurgence under Antonio Conte.

This season looked to be a write off for Spurs when they parted ways with Nuno Espirito Santo towards the end of October. However, the Lilywhites have had a dramatic turnaround in form since Conte’s arrival in North London.

Although Tottenham fell to their first loss in the Premier League under Conte at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, the Lilywhites still have more than a fighting chance of qualifying for the Champions League.

They currently sit two points off Man Utd in fourth with two games in hand over the Red Devils. As things stand, Spurs are seemingly competing with United, Arsenal and West Ham for a fourth-place finish.

However, Klopp believes that even Liverpool need to be wary of the chasing pack, pointing out that Tottenham could close the gap with the teams above them if they win their games in hand.

He told The Mirror ahead of Spurs’ loss to Chelsea: “We will try to win as many games as possible – and it is very necessary because there is one spot for the champions and three more to qualify for the Champions League.

“This year is so crazy. Tottenham, for example, changed their manager because they weren’t happy and if they now win their games in hand they could go third and they are really close.

“United, you never know. Arsenal have potential. There’s Chelsea. West Ham are around. So we have to win an awful lot of football games – and that’s exactly what we will try. Then we will see where it ends up.”

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The results over the weekend seemed to confirm that Chelsea and Liverpool are not going to get dragged into the race for Champions League qualification.

It does look like a four-horse race for the fourth spot, although Wolves might fancy their chances of forcing themselves into contention if they continue their current run of form.

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