Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp does not expect his side will qualify for the Champions League through the League.
won their first Premier League title in 30 years last season but their title defense has been decimated by injuries and now they face a battle just to qualify for next season’s Champions League via a top-four finish.
The Reds have slipped from the top spot to sixth due to a dreadful run since Christmas but a much-needed victory at
got them back on track.
However, the Reds boss thinks his side have made big mistakes this season which means they will struggle to finish in the Premier League top four.
Klopp has bemoaned their issues at both ends of the pitch insisting they haven't been clinical enough while also lamenting their "slapstick" defending.
, who was guest editing German newspaperSportBild
: “The opponent usually doesn’t need a lot of chances against us because we make big mistakes, insane ones that can almost be described as slapstick.”
On qualifying for next season’s Champions League via the league, rather than winning the competition, Klopp added
: “I like to be an optimist, but in the league it is almost impossible to qualify in the competition for the places that we have.
"At Tottenham, Gareth Bale is now playing again, and they are also in the running. Plus City and Manchester United, who are far away. Chelsea is on the rise. Reaching Champions League qualification through the league will be difficult, we know that. You don’t usually win the Champions League itself in a year with injury worries as big as we have, you know that, Lothar.”