'We have to work our socks off' - Jurgen Klopp turns immediate attention to Leeds United after Champions League exit against Real Madrid

Leeds United face Liverpool at Elland Road on Monday night.

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 9:47 am

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has quickly turned his attention to Leeds United following a Champions League exit on Wednesday night.

The Whites host the Reds at Elland Road on Monday evening in Premier League action as the top flight campaign enters its final stages.

Marcelo Bielsa saw his 10-man outfit claim an unlikely 2-1 victory over champions-elect Manchester City last weekend.

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.

Klopp, though, watched on in midweek as Liverpool exited Europe at the hands of La Liga giants Real Madrid at the quarter-final stages thanks to a 3-1 aggregate defeat.

The Premier League's reigning champions will now finish the campaign trophyless and are currently sat in sixth place in the league standings, three points outside the top four.

Liverpool have seven games to haul themselves into a Champions League qualification spot for next season, something Klopp has already said is their immediate goal with the Whites next up.

"Monday night against Leeds is the next challenge," Klopp reflected after defeat to Real Madrid.

"The Champions League is very important for this club for different reasons. We can now concentrate on the Premier League. That is what we will do.

"[Leeds are] leading in all the physical stats in the league - we have to run. We have to work our socks off pretty much to get anything but we will try to prepare for it.

"We just the read the table, we know the points. We want and we have to [get Champions League football] and if we want it, we need to play really good football. I think we are not in a bad moment, we played really well.

"We had a good game against Arsenal, Aston Villa and tonight [against Madrid]."

Asked about the defeat and exit from the Champions League, Klopp added: "The performance in general was good but we didn’t lose the tie tonight, we lost it in Madrid.

“It wasn’t comfortable for Madrid, certainly. We were good and aggressive and played some really good stuff and had massive chances in the game. If we take one of them it opens it up and they had already struggled and that would have increased that.

“We had a lot of situations and could have had more, but you need to force these situations more often.

“But we didn’t score and it got more difficult and then with the experience of Madrid they played the tie down, and that was that."