Liverpool defeat West Ham to stay third on the Premier League

Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez

The Belgian would make up Klopp's first ever starting eleven in the German's first match in charge of Liverpool, a clash against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

Liverpool, by contrast, have hit form at just the right time in their bid to pip Arsenal for Champions League football next season.

Sessegnon's future with the Cottagers has been up in the air for some time, given that the teenager will only sign his first professional contract with them on 1st July, and Jurgen Klopp could capitalise on Fulham's failure to make the Championship play-off final by moving for the talented full-back.

There is plenty of nerves among the Liverpool supporters and one can understand why. Boro do carry a touch more attacking intent now and 9-goal man Alvaro Negredo will feel the motivation to try to end his tally in double figures and perhaps put himself in the shop window for other Premier League suitors.

Liverpool have struggled against the lower sides all season, and it would be all too familiar if they fail to grab all three points.

On the back of Liverpool's vital victory over West Ham United in the Premier League last Sunday - which saw the Reds take one step closer to qualifying for the UEFA Champions League - talks of how and where manager Jürgen Klopp should improve his squad have been rife, with the curious case of striker Daniel Sturridge dominating headlines.

If Liverpool are defeated by Middlesbrough, their chances for a top-four finish would nearly certainly be killed off.

Arsenal would take over Liverpool's fourth place spot with a win and banish Klopp to the Europa League, the competition they almost won last season. We've got 73 points and the chance to move on to 76. A draw would also be enough to force a one-game playoff if the team's goal difference was to be the same.

While very unlikely, it is still a possibility.

A ticket to Champions League football next year will be theirs if they either equal or better Arsenal's result against Everton this Sunday.

Middlesbrough will not be easy. How will your team finish the season?

Jurgen Klopp has told kicker magazine that he believes the "war of attrition" in the Premier League is a reason for the lack of relative success in European competition.

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