Saturday, 14 May 2016

Jurgen Klopp tells Liverpool players to forget about Europa League final

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has told his players to forget about next week's Europa League final as they prepare for their final Premier League game of the season away to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

The German coach is expected to field a much-changed side at The Hawthorns with the aim of resting first-team stars for the European showpiece against Sevilla in Basel.

However, Klopp has insisted that the squad are fully focused on ending the league campaign on a high.

"In these 90 minutes, it makes no sense to think about anything else and that is what we have to learn," Klopp told reporters. "If you want to be 100 per cent successful, you have to be 100 per cent in the situation you are in at this moment. It is not about having 50 per cent or 30 per cent concentration for another thing, that is not how professional football works.

"If we can't do it in this moment, then we have to learn to do it in the future but if we can't do it on Sunday, then there is no chance to get anything at West Brom.

"It's very important because we can still move up two positions in the table. It's not in our hands but the only way to climb the table is to win the game at West Brom. In this moment, Sunday afternoon is the most important game in the world."

Liverpool's best hope on Sunday is finishing sixth in the table.

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