Jurgen Klopp is confident Liverpool will beat their rivals to a top-four Premier League finish, despite recent setbacks meaning this season’s race is likely to go down to the final day.
Unless Klopp’s best friend David Wagner and his Huddersfield side can pull off a surprise win at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, Liverpool will go into Sunday’s home game against Brighton knowing they must at least match Chelsea’s result against Newcastle.
Should they fail, their very last chance of playing in the Champions League next season would require them to beat Real Madrid in Kiev.
An ill-timed injury to Joe Gomez adds to the growing list of absentees for Klopp, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee), Joel Matip (thigh) and Emre Can (back) also on the sidelines.
And while the Reds players are also likely to have one eye on their Champions League final against Real Madrid, the Liverpool boss is confident his team will keep fighting.
“It’s my life, it’s our life, that we always make it a little bit more exciting,” Klopp told liverpoolfc.com.
“We had these situations a few times and it will be, for sure, exciting because Brighton is in a good moment, they played fantastic against (Manchester) United.
“But it’s all OK, as long as we have it in our own hands, life is good. We still have to take it then but we will try everything.”
After five matches – including an emotionally-draining two-legged Champions League semi-final – in 17 days, Klopp at least has a full week to prepare for such a crucial fixture.
“I’m really happy that this very intense period is over now because we have one week to prepare for Brighton – that feels like a year and we will use that,” he added.
“Hopefully they all came through the game (against Chelsea) then one week is fantastic.
“If one or two had little problems then one week is short as well but so far I didn’t hear anything and I hope it stays like this.”