Will Chelsea still be able to qualify for the Champions League?

Loris Karius

Liverpool lead the Blues by just three points, and Tottenham by one, going into their final game of the season - with their rivals both having two to play. Clearly, we should not concede another goal like this. If the trio all win their remaining games, Chelsea would miss out on the Champions League next season but any slip up could see them sneak in at the last. It was clear, the plan - cut back, cross, soft cross and Giroud is there.

As a result, Chelsea looked the more threatening early on, with Giroud and Tiemoue Bakayoko getting in each other's way when a decent chance presented itself in the 14th minute, before Marcos Alonso tested Loris Karius from long distance.

Chelsea's four-game winning run in the league is seeing them apply pressure of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in the battle to finish in the top four.

"He has played twice in a row against former team-mates, and it was the same today as it was against Roma", Klopp said. The next game will definitely be a tough game but I'm confident we can manage to win it.

"Did I think that would happen? Today he played a very good game, he worked very hard with and without the ball and I'm pleased with the performance of the whole team".

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"It was a dive, or he was looking for the contact and that is not right, he can do much better", Klopp said. I saw Brighton against [Manchester] United and they don't look like an easy game, but it's football.

"You can never remove all injury risk and the boys still did brilliantly, but of course we will try to strengthen the squad because that's how it is". We couldn't avoid the cross and then it's there and it's hard against Giroud. "It's important to face this situation with a lot of pride and show we are still alive". "He, for sure, did not have his best game tonight, but these situations become very physical".

Salah was unable to make a mark against his former side on Sunday in what was a frustrating afternoon for the Reds.

"We are in a period of the season where - and it is the same for every team - we don't have the freshness that we had in September, October and November".

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