Mohamed Salah set a Premier League scoring record as Liverpool sealed a place in next season’s Champions League with victory over Brighton.
And Klopp is now hopeful an injury-hit Liverpool squad can rest up to be at their best in Ukraine. It’s an unbelievable achievement and I am so proud of the boys. “But we have to try to get three points against Newcastle, then to drop something positive for us”, Conte said. Everyone can imagine the boys need a bit of rest.
According to bookies and sportsbooks, Real Madrid is a clear favorite to lift the trophy, but the Reds are a quite tricky opponent, and if their defensive work is on a high level, everything is possible in this Final, particularly as Real’s defense was pretty fragile throughout the season.
So Klopp had to take risks with his starting XI and field numerous players who will face Real, knowing that each one was only a stretch away from a hamstring pull or a bad tackle that could result in an injury that would rule them out of the final.
Luis Suarez (2013-14) and Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08) had all shared the record with Salah, but now he has claimed it outright.
Klopp said regarding the record: “Absolutely fantastic”. A point was enough but I have no real idea how to go for a point.
“They say I didn’t have success here the first time, so it was always in my mind to have success here in the Premier League”.
“It is really hard to stay focused, and he is focused. Now, we will be ready and this qualification gives us a big boost”.
The Reds started with intensity and objective and were 2-0 up at half time via Mohamed Salah and Dejan Lovren, then Dominic Solanke and Andrew Robertson added goals in the second half as they coasted to victory.
The final day win over Brighton meant the Reds have gone unbeaten all season long in the Premier League at Anfield, winning 12 and drawing seven of their matches.
“We would have taken it (their final position)”.
Thanks to the defeat at Chelsea last week Liverpool still need a point to guarantee Champions League football next season and Klopp has not been instructing his players to keep their focus on Brighton on Sunday afternoon without being willing to do so himself.