Jurgen Klopp confident of avoiding complacency


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Jurgen Klopp is adamant complacency will not be an issue when Liverpool look to secure their top-four place against Middlesbrough.

Sunday’s 4-0 win at West Ham means the Reds are now one win away from their goal of returning to the Champions League for next season.

A win would guarantee them their top-four status regardless of results elsewhere and they are facing arguably the ideal opponents in Boro.

The Teessiders have floundered on their top-flight return and have already had their relegation to the Championship confirmed for next season.

It means Liverpool could be tempted to take them lightly at Anfield, especially having won 3-0 at the Riverside back in December.

Klopp’s aim at the start of the season was always to reach the top four and he knows how important that can be when it comes to extra revenue and attracting new players.

Liverpool are 1.10 to finish in the top four, with Arsenal 5.50 but despite their short odds, the German is staying cautious in his approach.

The 49-year-old admits it can often prove a mistake to take things for granted in football and is confident his side will not be troubled by complacency on the final day.

“I’ve been in the business long enough to know the biggest mistake is counting points before you have them,” Klopp said, after the 4-0 win at West Ham.

“We won’t do this. The first sentence the boys said in the dressing room – and I didn’t have to say it – was ‘one more game’. We want this Champions League position.”

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