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 Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool. (Photo by Phil Noble - Pool/Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool. (Photo by Phil Noble - Pool/Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool. (Photo by Phil Noble - Pool/Getty Images)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted his side's hopes of a top four finish in the Premier League are hanging by a thread, despite their 2-0 home win against Southampton.

Another less than convincing display saw Klopp's outgoing champions stagger to victory courtesy of an opener from Sadio Mane and a maiden Liverpool goal from Thiago Alcantara, leaving them six points adrift of fourth placed Leicester with a game in hand.

When asked whether his side are still in the mix for a top four finish, Klopp replied: "We are kind of. It's not impossible but it's difficult. We will give it a try and see where we get to. We knew before this game it was difficult. The only way I know is to work really hard and that's what we did."

He went on to suggested he was pleased with his side's efforts, as they kept only a second Premier League clean sheet at Anfield amid what has been a traumatic 2021.

"We scored a really nice first goal but it's familiar for us now to not finish the game early so we had to stay in the game and scoring a wonderful second goal obviously was a big relief," said Klopp. "We had to fight, we got the three points, really good.

"They are well organised and have an intense style of play. They had their moments. We set up their biggest chance ourselves but we deserved the three points.

"In the second half it was another big shift because they go and go and don't give up. We closed the game. We haven't had that all the time this season.

"I liked our switches. They were maybe not cheeky but brave and good. We told Rhys Williams he has a good long ball so use that from time to time. We had these moments. Alisson plays the ball to their feet and we think 'oh, what was that?' but he makes a good save and they didn't score in that moment so all good!

"I thought we controlled it better tonight. It was hard for us and for Southampton as well. It's all about set-pieces and who can do jobs as they are much taller than us. There were a lot of things. We won the game so that's all that counts."

Liverpool now travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Thursday night, with nothing less than a win likely to be enough to keep their faint hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League alive.

"What it means for our top-four hopes is that that they are still alive, nothing else," added Klopp.

"Our situation changed but the other teams not so much. The only thing we can do is win our games, which will be tough.

"Winning four games is pretty much the only chance we have. It will be difficult but we will try anyway."

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