Liverpool must “put it right” and return to winning ways immediately to build up momentum for their Champions League final against Real Madrid, says Jermaine Jenas
The Reds lost 1-0 to rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge over the weekend with an Olivier Giroud goal in the first-half proving to be the difference between the sides.
This setback has put Liverpool’s place in the top four under threat with fifth-place Chelsea now just three points behind with a game in hand.
With only game remaining for Jurgen Klopp’s side, a win against Brighton on the final day of the season will likely guarantee their place in the Champions League for next season with Liverpool having a superior goal difference of 15 goals compared to Antonio Conte’s men.
“I think the reason Liverpool had been looking so strong was that, defensively, they tightened up. If you look at what has happened to them of late, then they are shipping goals again,” Jenas told BBC.
“That has always been their Achilles heel under Klopp and they need to put it right before they face Real, who we know is a team for the big occasion because can turn it on when it matters.
“Liverpool must prove to themselves they can do the same, which is why they need this game against Brighton.
“They need to show they can be that well-oiled machine again and raise their game to dispose of this team and make sure they qualify for the Champions League. Then they can kick on for Kiev from there.
“I think they will do it, but I am sure it is something Klopp will be talking a lot about this week to make sure they do.”
Liverpool FC were 7-6 aggregate winners against Serie A giants AS Roma in the Champions League semi-finals.