Jurgen Klopp urges his Liverpool players to follow Chelsea's example and see out their games

Samuel Lovett
The Independent
Klopp's side were held by Bournemouth in a 2-2 draw on Wednesday night: Getty
Klopp's side were held by Bournemouth in a 2-2 draw on Wednesday night: Getty

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has urged his players to follow Chelsea’s example in protecting their lead in matches as they bid to secure Champions League football next season.

Following Wednesday night’s draw with Bournemouth, the prospect of a top-four finish is far from guaranteed for Liverpool who currently sat in third place in the league – six points ahead of Arsenal who have two games in hand.

The Reds have struggled to see out some of their games this term, dropping a total of 15 points from winning positions – compared to Chelsea’s eight.

Speaking after Liverpool’s mid-week draw, Klopp has encouraged his players to learn from the Blues’ ability to protect their leads.

"Probably [if it was] Chelsea, for example, the opponent would not have the ball three times in the last 20 minutes I think," Klopp said.

"Yes, we don't have this experience. Probably you need things like last night to get more experience than this, even though [the result] was not that good.

"On the other hand, we've probably still scored the most goals in the Premier League so far [66 - five more than Arsenal], so it's part of the game that we try to create moments all the time. We have to get more experience in this, for sure."

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