The past two seasons have boiled down to nail-biting final days, but that they are as good as over the line with seven games to play is not lost on Liverpool’s manager.
‘If we go in the Champions League for a third consecutive year then that is big,’ said Klopp, who has an almost full-strength squad as Liverpool prepare to host Tottenham on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp insists getting top four is Liverpool’s main goal despite leading in the title race
‘It’s the most important thing for this club. We need the money to do our things and stuff like that. That’s absolutely brilliant.
‘Going through the group stage against Napoli was massive, now the next round against Bayern was massive and now we have a quarter-final (against Porto). Champions League is so far a success story for us and hopefully it will stay like that.
‘We are not too worried but I don’t celebrate it already because we know for a while that people are not 100 per cent satisfied if we qualify for the Champions League because they want to be first, top of the table, after the last match day. We know that. That’s what we want as well.’
The signing of Virgil van Dijk in January last season was the moment Klopp believes they turned into a serious team once again.
‘I said pretty much the same to Gini Wijnaldum as I said to Virgil,’ Klopp said. ‘When Virgil made his decision it was a fantastic day.’
Klopp believes the signing of Virgil van Dijk last season was a big turning point for Liverpool