Jurgen Klopp admitted “the result wasn’t important” as Liverpool claimed a 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Anfield’s last match of the season.
Substitute Christian Benteke struck in stoppage time to ensure the Reds earned a share of the spoils – but with the Europa League final now just a week away, Klopp stuck to his word by naming a strong Liverpool XI.
While the result ended hopes of a top-five Premier League finish with the Reds now unlikely to improve on their current eighth place and earn European qualification through league placing.
Klopp, however, was as good as his word by naming a strong starting line-up, the same XI that defeated Villarreal in the Europa League semi-final last Thursday and which, injury permitting, is likely to start in Basel next week.
“The result tonight was not important, what’s important is that we take the right information out of the game [ahead of the Europa League final],” he said.
“We started very well, and when we play like that with our compact defending we can be good. In a game like this, the crowd force you to attack. We have to develop a lot.”
Klopp admitted there were elements of the performance that Liverpool must improve on.
“We lost patience. We lost formation,” he added. “We had a lot of moments around the box when we shot when we should have passed.”
The match was Klopp’s 50th in charge of Liverpool and the manager concluded: “I like it here. It’s a nice place and a world-class club.”