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Klopp rates Liverpool’s top-four hopes after United victory

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Jurgen Klopp says his team will have to pick up maximum points from their final three fixtures to secure Champions League qualification.

Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Liverpool are still in the race for a top-four finish after picking up a “deserved” win at Manchester United.

Liverpool moved up to fifth in the Premier League standings after beating United 4-2 at Old Trafford on Thursday night, thanks to a Roberto Firmino brace and goals from Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota.

Klopp’s side are now just four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with a game in hand, but the German tactician has warned that they will need to pick up maximum points from their final three games to secure Champions League qualification.

“We are still in the game, in the race. That is all we could have done tonight. It is very intense,” The Liverpool boss told Sky Sports.

“We have to recover quickly and go again. We played a good game and did good enough to win so obviously we did a lot of right stuff tonight.”

Klopp added: “[Roberto Firmino] was very helpful and these kind of things are really important. That’s what we needed to stay in the race.

“We have really tough games coming up. West Brom will be completely free of pressure, which can do strange things, Burnley with supporters is a tough one and we will see what we have to do against Crystal Palace.

“We have to win all the games. That’s why the draws we have had against Newcastle and Leeds felt like defeats. Being in a position where you have it in your own hands to qualify for the Champions League is a big thing. Two or three years ago that was our life.”

Klopp will be hoping his Liverpool side can register yet another win when they travel to take on already-relegated West Brom on Sunday.