Whenever a team doesn’t achieve its goals come the end of the season, they will always look back on a few fixtures that have cost them dearly.
‘If only we had won that match,’ is a thought that many supporters will be thinking at the end campaign.
In truth, unless you win the league, every team will recall matches where they dropped costly points.
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However, that didn’t stop Jurgen Klopp from looking back at two results in particular that has cost his side a top-four finish.
The Reds are seven points adrift of Manchester City in fourth - although they have a game in hand - and look set to miss out on Champions League qualification through a league position.
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But Klopp recalls two matches - both of which Liverpool had a 2-0 lead - which he feels has cost his side dearly.
“We think about [how] we could have won at Southampton or think about if we took all the points against Sunderland at home - it would be five more [points]. Where would we be with these?” he told reporters, per the club’s official website.
We’ll tell you where you’d be Mr. Klopp, you’d be two points behind Manchester City with a game in hand.
However, on February 6, his side led relegation-threatened Sunderland 2-0 with just eight minutes remaining but could only achieve a point after late goals from Adam Johnson and Jermain Defoe.
Following that draw, Liverpool beat Aston Villa 6-0, Manchester City 3-0 and Crystal Palace 2-1 to give themselves an outside chance of achieving a top-four finish ahead of their visit to Southampton.
They were magnificent in the first-half and held a 2-0 lead but somehow managed to lose 3-2 to seemingly kill their ambitions of Champions League qualification.
Still all to play for
However, Klopp will be hoping those two disappointing results are meaningless as he hopes to qualify for Europe’s elite completion via the Europa League.
The Reds face Villarreal in the semi-finals and winning the competition would guarantee entry into the Champions League.
Hopefully, Klopp won’t be looking back on the matches against the Spanish club with any regret come the summer.
Whether this season ends in style or not, Liverpool appear to be heading in the right direction under their manager. They will, undoubtedly, be able to attract quality players in the summer due to the attraction of playing under Klopp and they could be a force to be reckoned with.