Jurgen Klopp believes it would be "really mad" if Champions League qualification is not regarded as a success for Liverpool this season.

The Reds can move into the top four for the first time in more than two months with victory at Leeds United on Monday evening.

Klopp's side are realistically in a six-way tussle for the final two Champions League berths with Leicester City, West Ham United, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton.

Liverpool have suffered a difficult defence of the title they won emphatically last season, hampered by a succession of serious injuries and the ongoing impact of playing without supporters at Anfield.

And Klopp is adamant a fifth successive year among Europe's leading clubs would represent a significant achievement.

"I don’t know how people outside see it, but for us we can still make this season a success by qualifying for the Champions League," said the Reds boss.

"Because we won the league last year that does not mean that the only thing that would be a success again would be winning the league.

"That would be really mad. That is why a lot of teams have problems after winning something.

"We are not in that mood. We don’t chase our own shadow. We don’t say, ‘oh no, how can we get that good again?’

"No, we know about all of the necessary steps that we have to do. We are in a situation and we were before and we have to be in that mood and we have to chase everybody."

Liverpool held off Arsenal in 2017 and Chelsea 12 months later to seal a top-four finish, and Klopp added: "We have to put pressure on.

"We felt it when Chelsea came up and were winning all the time. It is different. If you win it is good, if not you look and think Chelsea won again, oh my god. We still made it that year but it was tricky.

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"We can only make it difficult for the other teams and the only way we can make it difficult for them is by winning all our games. That is the way we try."

Liverpool have seven Premier League games remaining, only one of which is scheduled to be played in midweek.

And with rotation subsequently less of an issue, Klopp has challenged his players to use training sessions at Kirkby to force their way into the starting line-up.

"The more you train, the more important each session is," said the Reds boss. "The more important the session is, it means everybody has a chance to show that he has to play.

"It is all about showing up, training well, give your absolute all and make the decision for me as easy or as difficult as possible, however you want to see it, bring me or leave me out. All these kinds of things. That is the job of a player.

"I would be really dumb if I did not use these opportunities - seeing a player who is outstanding in training but I ignore it and play again the same other guys, that is not how it works.

"It is a big opportunity for everybody. The more you train the more you have an opportunity to show up and I hope they all do it. "