Opportunity to win four trophies becomes clearer

Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp said his side’s chances of winning four trophies this season, including the FA Cup they won on Sunday, will become clearer on Sunday when Premier League leaders Manchester City are due to play.

“Let’s see what happens,” Klopp told reporters after his side won their second England domestic trophy of the year by beating Chelsea 6-5 on penalties following two hours of captivating but goalless action at Wembley Stadium.

“If they lose against West Ham then I will start thinking about it. If they don’t lose, we think we will try to get there from there,” said the German coach as quoted by Reuters.

Liverpool are three points behind Manchester City on a lower goal difference and both clubs have two games remaining in the 2021/2022 England domestic campaign.

City travel to West Ham United this Sunday where a win would leave them six points clear and need only a draw in their last game to retain the title.

Liverpool will also play in the Champions League final against Real Madrid in Paris on 28 May.

Klopp said he would make changes to his team when he travels to Southampton on Tuesday after being brought into extra time by Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

He promised to re-examine the extent of the injuries of striker Mohamed Salah and defender Virgil van Dijk, who both came off the pitch in the FA Cup final. Klopp admitted it was unthinkable for both players to face such a worrying injury. “I think they’re both going to be fine,” he said.

Klopp himself praised Liverpool’s Colombian winger Luiz Diaz, who signed in January from Porto after threatening throughout the match against Chelsea.

“What a lad, horrendous, great player, but he should have scored,” Klopp said. “He fits our game perfectly and that’s really special.”

Victory in the FA Cup final made Klopp the second Premier League manager to win the European Cup or Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup and league title after Alex Ferguson with Manchester United. (Ant/OL-12)