Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has acknowledged that his team must rapidly recover from their Champions League elimination at the hands of Real Madrid if they are to compete in the competition next season.
Liverpool fluffed their lines in front of goal despite having several opportunities, as Madrid held on to their 3-1 first-leg lead in a 0-0 draw in the second leg of the quarter-final at Anfield on Wednesday.
With just seven games remaining in the Premier League, the English champions are in sixth position, three points behind the top four, which ensures a place in Europe’s premier club competition.
Liverpool has qualified for the Champions League in two of the last four seasons, reaching the final both times under Klopp.
After losing 3-1 to Madrid in the 2018 final, the Reds defeated Tottenham in the 2019 final to win the trophy in Madrid.
Liverpool, on the other hand, have experienced a significant drop in form since ending a 30-year wait to be crowned English champions.
Failure to qualify for the Champions League would not only be a blow to Liverpool’s reputation, but it would also have financial implications for Klopp’s ability to bolster his squad in the summer transfer market.
“We have to (bounce back). We love this competition and for different reasons it is very important for the club,” said Klopp.
“It doesn’t make it now easier, these two or three games would’ve fitted easily in our schedule, but now we can concentrate on the Premier League.
“Monday night, Leeds, is the next challenge. We have to run and work our socks off. That is what we try to prepare now.”
Due to coronavirus constraints, Liverpool has won only one of their last eight games at Anfield, eroding a previously impressive home record.
They have, however, won three straight Premier League games for the first time since the season’s first three games.
You can’t not take the chances we did tonight,” said the veteran midfielder.
“We had more than enough chances to do what we needed to do and we didn’t take them.
“The positive is that we are creating them. We’ve done enough tonight to go through, we were obviously the better team and we did enough to win the game.
“The most important thing is we replicate this form and those sort of performances.”