Liverpool, Chelsea fight for Champions League spot

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Salah wished to thank Liverpool's manager, Jurgen Klopp, for giving him the opportunity to thrive: "Before everything, we are friends, I like him a lot".

Liverpool also need a point to ensure they will play Champions League football next season, regardless of how this years final pans out.

Much of the focus at Liverpool remains on Egypt forward Salah, who won three player of the year awards on Thursday - two given to him by his club, and one by the Football Writers' Association.

"It's hard to compare one season directly with another", Klopp said by way of explanation.

"He is young enough and has enough potential to improve - that's really good news for all of us". The next challenge was the journalists (the FWA dinner). "We'll try to do the same as previous year".

"This was the ideal final of the season, of a very exciting season, and a very intense season".

"But it is perfectly planned always and (the club) is doing a world-class job in organising everything so it is as smooth as possible".

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"It's all about the boys, how they pick up information, how they turn it into a performance, how they use the things we do in training and how they enjoy the work together".

"All the awards around are really deserved but hopefully the last one was yesterday and now it is about playing the game on Sunday".

The Reds qualified for the Champions League for the second season in a row after seeing out the Premier League season with a 4-0 thrashing of Brighton & Hove Albion at Anfield.

"You would have known if we had agreed anything".

His fantastic run has already seen him raise the English top-flight bar by becoming the first player to be named Player of the Month on three occasions. "I am fine with it so far, but of course we have to make the last two steps".

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