Jurgen Klopp hails 'nearly ideal season' for Liverpool

Antonio Conte Manager of Chelsea

Antonio Conte Manager of Chelsea Soccer Strugglers relegated after 7 years as top four mainstays implode

Before kick-off Jurgen Klopp's men had to forget about trying to win the Champions League in favour of just qualifying for the competition next season.

However, Chelsea wasted a golden opportunity to move level on points with Liverpool after being held to a 1-1 draw by Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge in midweek.

That means that Liverpool FC will secure a top-four finish ahead of Chelsea FC as long as they avoid defeat against Brighton at Anfield on Sunday.

"We flew up to Manchester City (where they lost 3-1) during the week and had a very hard game, and to come and do it again a few days later I think maybe took its toll a little bit".

Newcastle will be without loan signing Kenedy as he can't face his parent club while Islam Slimani is suspended. "We have had no chance to challenge Manchester City so then all you can really go for is a Champions League spot". "We made too many errors in crucial moments which led to opportunities for them".

"Obviously being a goalkeeper you want to stop what they're doing but they're a good side and they're in the Champions League Final for a reason".

He said: "For sure we will do that you can imagine, we need more players here and there, but I am still a big believer in developing and developing a team, and these boys made a big step and I am sure they will take another step".

"The situation, especially for a place in the Champions League, is not in our hands".

"We didn't quite get there today which is disappointing".

The Egyptian worldwide netted the opener in Liverpool's final game of the season against Brighton on Sunday.

Former victor Mahrez was the only player in the top 10 from outside the top six clubs, having rekindled glimpses of his form from Leicester's title-winning campaign - staying with the Foxes after having a transfer request declined in January.

They're 3 points behind Southampton and are 9 goals worse off, meaning they need a big win against Stoke and hope that Southamptom suffer a big loss to Champions Manchester City.

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