Jermaine Jenas sends advice to Liverpool FC ahead of Brighton clash
The Spurs legend tells Liverpool FC to use their Brighton clash as a dress rehearsal
Jermaine Jenas has urged Liverpool FC to use their Premier League clash against Brighton as a dress rehearsal for the Champions League final.
Liverpool FC have lost their way in the past month or so in the English top flight following three stalemates and one loss.
The Reds dropped points in draws with Everton, Stoke City and West Brom to allow Chelsea FC back into the top-four race.
Liverpool FC lost 1-0 to Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge last weekend following Olivier Giroud’s winner in west London.
The Merseyside outfit will need to beat Brighton and Hove Albion to secure a spot in the Champions League next season.
Jurgen Klopp’s men will have the small matter of a Champions League final to look forward to next month.
The Reds will take on La Liga giants Real Madrid after a dramatic 7-6 aggtegate win against AS Roma in the previous round.
Former Spurs midfielder Jenas explained what Liverpool FC need to do to prepare for the Champions League final.
“Of course you can forgive them for that, because those games have been played around some enormous European ties against Manchester City and Roma, but it is something they need to be careful of because the risk is that they lose focus to the extent that they play themselves into poor form,” Jenas told BBC Sport.
“So, in a weird way, the fact that Liverpool are likely to be under a bit of pressure going into their final Premier League game of the season might actually help them.
“It is not just about the top four for them, they have got the Champions League final coming up too. Having to concentrate on this game when Kiev is around the corner is a bit of a nightmare really, but it might allow them to find the spark that got them in this position in the first place.
“When they face Brighton next Sunday, potentially requiring a win to finish in the top four, they need to get back to the way they will have to play against Real Madrid.”
Liverpool FC finished in fourth place in the Premier League last term to secure a return to the Champions League after a two-season absence.
Klopp’s side finished in fourth place in the Premier League table last term to secure a return to the Champions League.
The Reds lost 3-1 to La Liga giants Sevilla in the Europa League final in 2015 in Klopp’s first full season in charge.
The Merseyside outfit haven’t won the Premier League title but finished in second place in 2002, 2009 and 2014.