Jurgen Klopp believes fate played a part in Liverpool’s dramatic victory at West Brom on Sunday.
But the Kop boss has told his players to rely on themselves, not the gods, if they want to seal a top-four slot come Sunday night.
There was something almost predestined about the last-gasp header from Anfield goalkeeper Alisson that clinched a 2-1 win at The Hawthorns at the weekend.
And Klopp, asked if he now needs to guard against a sense of inevitability as Liverpool press for a Champions League slot, replied: “I will not guard against it, no chance!
“There is no reason for guarding against anything. It was a very positive moment and, when Alisson scored, it looked like it was meant to be. That is what we as human beings are always like. Don’t we all believe in fate until we realise this time it is not meant to be?
“That means there is still a job to do. One of the lessons I learned very early in my life is don’t celebrate the day before the night. That is what we say in Germany. Does it make sense?
“If we finish the season now we are fifth, and if we keep the points tally we currently have we will not even finish fifth, so we’ll see if it is fate or not at the end of the season.”
Klopp, though, believes his team can still finish a disappointing campaign in the top four.
And he says the best way to ensure a place in Europe’s elite competition next season is to treat the final two matches – at Burnley tonight and at home to Crystal Palace on Sunday – as a semi-final and a final.
“Since I’ve been here pretty much every season has gone to the wire, for different reasons. I can’t remember a season when we haven’t had finals,” said Klopp.
“It was either a big cup competition or we have had to fight in the league to the very last second. So here we are again. Now we have to make sure we have something to fight for on Sunday.
“It is a semi-final at Burnley and, if we win it, we have a final. If we don’t win, then probably not. Six weeks ago no one would have imagined we could get that close. But close is not there.”
Klopp is likely to make only one change for tonight’s trip to Turf Moor, Gini Wijnaldum replacing Curtis Jones in midfield.
But he revealed that both Diogo Jota and James Milner have a chance of facing Palace on Sunday.
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