Coutinho to Barca? Klopp confident Liverpool star will stay

Liverpool have six games left in their pursuit of a Champions League spot

Liverpool have six games left in their pursuit of a Champions League spot

Gerrard had to opportunity to enter management right away, holding talks with MK Dons over their then-vacant head coach position before rejecting an offer in favour of a return to Liverpool.

Fellow forward Roberto Firmino got the victor, having himself started on the bench to be given a rest after a hectic recent schedule.

Sitting six points clear of fifth placed Manchester United, who have two games in hand, Liverpool can't afford to ease off as they eye a top four finish.

However, Klopp insists the pair can not be expected to produce heroics on their own to single-handedly secure Champions League qualification.

We know about their qualities.

"But I don't think for a second about the actual squad for next season".

"In this season we had a lot of possession and won games against teams like Hull and Leicester". We have to decide always after the few sessions he made, like I said after the game, 'how long should we force it or try to use his freshness when he is coming on?' That is my decision at the end. "This season [we lost] not because we didn't have a plan B but it was about having difficulties in different games".

"That they are both so unbelievably skilled helps us a lot. The challenge of West Brom is big enough", he told journalists. "But, again, if they tried to do it alone, no chance".

"We never had any ideas or plans or any talks about him leaving, because he is our player - there are no other ideas, nothing has changed", Klopp said earlier this season. "Most of the time, it has been like this actually, so we have to be prepared".

"Liverpool will press us and push on to us so we've got to make sure that first pass from the turnover, that first pass is important and we've got to keep that first pass".

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