Klopp delivers verdict on why Liverpool failed to challenge for PL title
By Danny Wright
Jurgen Klopp believes that injuries are the cause of Liverpool’s failure to challenge for the Premier League title this season.
The German boss believes that current leaders Chelsea have remained almost entirely injury-free all season where the Reds have been forced to be without a number of key players in their campaign.
The Reds have seen a number of their star players ruled out with injuries over the course of the campaign with Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson, Emre Can, Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge all ruled out of action at some stage.
Klopp admits that Antonio Conte’s men will be worthy champions if they can secure the title by beating West Brom on Friday night, but has also suggested he may be slightly jealous of the fitness of their playing squad.
“Chelsea deserved the title but I’ve said already they had most luck with injuries. Diego Costa? Did he miss one game? Eden Hazard one game?” said Klopp, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
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“You need this luck and then you go through. I don’t say we could have gone through but the gap could have been closer.”
Liverpool are 14 points behind table-topping Chelsea but still have a good chance of securing a top four finish for only the second time in eight years.
Liverpool are currently third in the league standings and can secure a top four finish with two wins in their final fixtures against West Ham and Middlesbrough.
Klopp and his men will travel to the London Stadium on Sunday to take on Slaven Bilic’s side in what will be their penultimate game of the season.
A win could see the Merseysiders qualify for the Champions League if Manchester United and Arsenal lose their fixtures.
In other Liverpool news, Mark Lawrenson has predicted the Hammers clash.