By Amir Mir
Former Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy believes Jurgen Klopp securing Champions League football is a “great achievement” given the vulnerabilities they have defensively.
The outspoken TV pundit made those comments prior to Klopp securing a top-four finish for his side, which they achieved on the last day of the season.
The Reds recorded a comfortable 3-0 win at already-relegated Middlesbrough on Sunday to join Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea in the Champions League next season.
Before that, Klopp will have to secure his side’s passage to the group stages by winning a two-legged Champions League qualifier at the start of the next campaign.
Nonetheless, this is what Bellamy had to say about his former side making a return to Europe for the first time since the 2014-15 season.
These comments were made prior to their win against Boro at Anfield:
“Klopp if he gets Champions League with the team Liverpool have defensively, it would be a great achievement,” Bellamy told beinSPORTS, as posted by a Football YouTube channel. “Outstanding achievement.”
Going into the last day of the season, Liverpool were battling it out with Arsenal for the last Champions League place.
Arsene Wenger’s side started the day one point behind their rivals as they beat a lacklustre Everton team 3-1 on home soil.
However, the Reds ensured they sealed their points with Georginio Wijnaldum, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana all getting on the scoresheet.
The Merseyside club recorded 76 points from their 38 matches, scoring 78 goals and conceding 42 throughout the campaign, with the latter being the most from those teams in the top four.
In other Liverpool news, Dermot Gallagher has delivered his verdict on the penalty incident against Middlesbrough.