BBC pundit Ian Wright says it would be extremely “harsh” on Liverpool if they miss out on Champions League football at the end of the season.
After Wednesday’s win against Burnley, Jurgen Klopp’s side effectively need to win their final game against Crystal Palace to finish in the top four, but if they don’t get the result they need, Wright feels it would be tough to take, considering the difficulties the club have faced this campaign:
“I feel sorry for Liverpool with everything that has happened. With the injuries and everything that has happened to them. With the way they blasted the league last year after missing out by a point the year before. Then they get to a situation where they are decimated with injuries. Their front three stop firing. Then they find it at the end to get something.”
“For them to have a demise, not even get into Champions League for everything they have done the last couple of years then I think it will be very harsh on them.”
It has been an extremely hard campaign for the Reds, with an injury crisis that hasn’t eased at any stage. Klopp has eight players currently on the treatment table heading into the final day.
However, if they manage to pip either Leicester or Chelsea to a Champions League place on Sunday, it will be a triumph against some very tall odds, and fans will be extremely appreciative of the effort that the team has made to finish the season strongly.