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Klopp: I’m used to final-day drama

Sat 22 May 2021 | 17:10

Liverpool will fight for a top-four finish in their last match of the season on Sunday.


will face

Crystal Palace

in their last match of the season on Sunday. The Reds will secure a spot in the next season’s Champions League if they manage to win the match against 10,000 fans at Anfield. The pressure of the final-day drama might impact the Reds’ performance, but

Jurgen Klopp

says he has a long history with these matches.

"I can't remember a season when it didn't go to the wire because it was pretty much a final or we had to fight to the last matchday for qualification for the Champions League,"

he said.

"Even at Dortmund it was like this, at Mainz it was to stay in the league or when we got promoted. I am really used to stress until the last matchday."

After slipping to ninth place in March, Liverpool have managed to regain their best form. The Reds have been unbeaten in their last nine matches and they hope to continue their run on Sunday.

"What did we do? We found stability, created confidence again or got it back, scored goals in the right moments and conceded less, that helped as well,"

added Klopp.

"It was just what we had to do so far, but honestly all the numbers you mention are nothing to do with Sunday. These three games are that important pretty much anything can happen and it makes sense to know that before the game.

"No one should expect a perfect game with an early lead, we have to fight for it. I respect Crystal Palace too much, they want to give everything for Roy (Hodgson) in his last game as manager. It will still be a tough cookie."

Liverpool won their last match against the Saints with a crushing 7-0 result. Asked about his side’s chances to repeat that result on Sunday, Klopp responded:

"It was not a 7-0 game - Palace had chances of their own, it was a crazy one and really open. Chance here, chance there.

"The big difference was we used pretty much all of ours, we had seven shots on target and seven goals.

"We had a lot of games with more shots on targets and less goals. It was one of those lucky days you don't have a lot in your life.

"This game will not be like this, that is clear. We just have to win the game, that's what we know. The result from the first game is 0.0 relevant for us.

"There are moments when you use pictures of the first game you play against a team but none of these pictures are in the [pre-match] meeting for the boys."

source: SportMob