There might be the small matter of a Champions League semi-final on the horizon, but Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool must still ensure qualification for next season’s European elite competition.

The Reds boss declared Liverpool are ready for an “intense” end to the season as they look to guarantee a seat at Europe’s top table next season.

Liverpool need only two wins from their final four games to secure a top-four berth having beaten Bournemouth 3-0 at Anfield on Saturday.

Klopp’s men are in third place, three ahead of Tottenham Hotspur and a further seven clear of Chelsea, albeit having played a game more than the London duo.

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has broken the 40 goals in a single season barrier
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But there is also the small matter of a Champions League semi-final against Roma to prepare for later this month, and Klopp said: “It is intense until the end and that is what we live in the moment.

“The boys are ready for it. Hopefully they all stay healthy and then we know we can play good football but we need a little bit of luck because we don’t have 25 players in the squad any more.

“And we have to be very careful. We still have lots to do until the end of the season.”

Dejan Lovren handed Liverpool a scare when he limped off on Saturday. The defender will have his groin problem assessed at Melwood on Monday with Klopp hopeful the damage is not serious.

The Reds can seal a top-four place by winning at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday and beating Stoke City at home the following weekend, a game which is sandwiched by the Champions League semi-final, before they travel to Chelsea for the penultimate Premier League game of the weekend, writes the Liverpool Echo.

Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring his sides second goal with Virgil van Dijk during the Premier League match between Liverpool and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield on April 14, 2018 in Liverpool, England.
Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring his sides second goal with Virgil van Dijk during the Premier League match between Liverpool and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield on April 14, 2018 in Liverpool, England.
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“That is my favourite solution and exactly what I want to do,” said Klopp. “Unfortunately it is not sure that that will happen but we will try.

“Now we are third and we have to play Chelsea. And that’s fine of course but to stay there we have to win two more games.

“I was not too happy with Wednesday-Tuesday in the Champions League (in the last round against Manchester City) but now we have Tuesday-Wednesday which is better, the home game on Tuesday then more or less a full week.

“Then Sunday for Chelsea is all good (in terms of) little breaks.

“Maybe I will have to write and say why it is so different in this situation. Biorhythms are not ready. 7.45pm you give your everything and then you make a meeting at 10 in the morning.

“Everybody goes to bed in bed at 10 and it is not that they don’t sleep long enough. It is a challenge but it is one we are getting better at.”

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