Jurgen Klopp has hinted that his Liverpool side may switch away from their usual 'heavy metal' style to a more defensive approach in order to guarantee a top four finish this season.

​Speaking at his usual pre-match ​press conference ahead of their home match against Bournemouth on Wednesday night, Klopp suggested that a more pragmatic approach would be needed to see his side over the line.

"It's not about how we can play perfect football now. We go for results. The first thing I'll think about is 'how can we defend Bournemouth', not 'how can we create 27 chances'".

The apparent change in philosophy is not surprising considering Liverpool are extremely  susceptible to conceding goals. Their all-guns-blazing style, though highly entertaining to watch, usually results in huge gaps in midfield, positional indiscipline, and defensive disorganisation.

Now, with eight games left to play, the German boss is evidently dead set on returning Champions League football to Merseyside. 

They are in third place currently, and are five points clear of fifth place Manchester United (although the Red Devils do have one game in hand).

Klopp's men also have an apparently easy run in, with no games against the top eight in the League left. However, it is against the lower teams in the division where Liverpool have been prone to dropping points.

If they are to return to Europe's elite competition, then it seems sensible to start playing for results rather than for entertainment value.