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Klopp: Race For Top Four Is Far From Finished

Jurgen Klopp ordered his side to embrace the pressure of trying to secure a Champions League spot after Monday night’s vital win over Watford.

Emre Can’s phenomenal acrobatic effort just before half-time was enough to seal a vital three points for the Reds as they closed in on a top-four finish.

The win strengthened Liverpool’s grip on third spot, three points ahead of fourth-placed Manchester City, though Pep Guardiola’s side have a game in hand.

But Klopp insisted the race for Champions League qualification is far from over, saying: ‘We need to stay focused. We have pressure until the end of the season but that’s a positive pressure.

‘It means we are fighting for something. So we’ll do everything for the points we can get, but it won’t be easy.’

Klopp also revealed that he missed part of Can’s miraculous winner, saying:

‘I’d love to see the goal again, I turned a bit too early before it hit the back of the net.

‘We didn’t train for a bicycle kick for Emre, but the pass from Lucas, the run from Emre – that was really nice.’

Meanwhile, Klopp confirmed Philippe Coutinho, who was substituted after 13 minutes, suffered a dead leg but club medics are hopeful the Brazilian could be available for Sunday’s game against Southampton.