- Jurgen Klopp has warned Liverpool risk missing out on Champions League football next season following their draw against Newcastle
- The Reds surrendered a 1-0 advantage to settle for a point at Anfield as Newcastle staged a comeback to hold the hosts
- The result left the Merseysiders sitting sixth 54 points, five off a top-four place with just five games to end the season
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has blasted his wards following their disappointing 1-1 draw against Newcastle United on Saturday, April 24.
The Reds surrendered a comfortable 1-0 in the dying minutes of the clash as Arsenal loanee Joe Willock struck late to salvage a point for the Magpies.
Mohamed Salah gave the Premier League champions an early lead at Anfield, but the hosts failed to convert several other begging chances later on.
Steve Bruce's men thought they had grabbed a last-gasp via Callum Wilson, but the effort was ruled out by VAR due to a handball.
However, that did not stop the visitors from fighting on, and their efforts were finally rewarded at the death as Willock's deflected effort found the back of the net.
The draw dealt Liverpool a massive blow in their top-four hopes as it left them five points off a Champions League slot.
While reacting to the stalemate at home, Klopp claimed his side does not deserve to play in Europe's elite tournament with such performances. Klopp was quoted by Metro UK after speaking with BT Sport.
"Look, what we always say, if you deserve it, you deserve it. I didn’t see us today that we deserve to play Champions League next year. We learn, or we don’t play Champions League. That’s it."
The Merseysiders are set to battle rivals Man United in their next Premier League meeting.
They will be looking to use the tie to return to winning ways and revive their slim hopes of sealing a top-four finish at the end of the season.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Nigerian forward Samuel Chukwueze scored an astonishing solo goal for Villarreal in their 2-1 defeat to Barcelona at the Estadio de la Ceramica this weekend.
The 21-year-old star opened the scoring for the hosts four minutes before the half-hour mark after dribbling the Catalans keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and then sent the ball into the net.
Pau Torres delivered a well-timed pass to the Super Eagles winger who already read his colleague's intent and then attacked an empty space before getting the ball.