has still not made it to the knockout round of the Champions League with just one group game to go.
Liverpool has walked into this season as the reigning Champions League champions, but their start to this season’s campaign wasn’t great as they were beaten by Napoli away in the first game itself.
The Reds, however, were able to resurrect their campaign with three consecutive wins in the next three games and they had a chance to book their spot in the Round of 16 by toppling the visiting Napoli yesterday, but they couldn’t get a desired result against Napoli at home either.
A 1-1 draw meant that Liverpool is still not through and if Red Bull Salzburg beat them somehow in their last group game which is an away game as well, they would be eliminated from the group stage itself.
Red Bull currently has 7 points, while Liverpool has 10. So, Red Bull can’t go past Liverpool in terms of the no. of points, they can only level them. But, Red Bull’s goal differential is better than Liverpool’s and if they win next week, that goal differential will ensure their qualification.
Klopp is, however, not bothered that the group stage is turning out to be tougher than it was supposed to be. According to the German, it’s tough all the time at big clubs. He is now in his 4th season at Liverpool and he can’t remember a single moment which hasn’t been tough.
If Liverpool has to defend the Champions League title, they have to show that they are capable of handling the pressure situations in pressure games. Klopp also stressed that before the Red Bull game, he is thinking about the Brighton game because that is up next and that is also important.