Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp expects his side to finish in the top four. Photo: John Sibley/ Action Images via Reuters

LONDON - Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool’s players have not been consumed by fear and insisted they can handle the pressure of securing a top-four finish.

Liverpool’s hopes of securing Champions League football face another stern examination at Watford on Monday night in the kind of fixture that has troubled Klopp’s team this season.

They crumbled last week when Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke dominated their defence and Watford striker Troy Deeney will look to bully Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren, who has just signed a new £100,000-a-week contract.

If Liverpool, whose last visit to Watford in December 2015 ended in a 3-0 defeat, slip up, questions will surely be asked about their mentality, but Klopp says his players will hold their nerve.

"I didn’t feel anything like this in the last few weeks," said Klopp. "If you look at the points everything is good, if you look at the number of games played it is like, 'Oh'. It is not like it looks. It is easy mathematics to know what points the other teams can get.

"Not all of the teams we fight for the top four can win all the games. They play against each other.

"Why should we think about it too much? I do not feel fear — not one second so far.’

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