Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Liverpool will still attract a lot of top-level players even in the absence of Champions League Football.
Liverpool have endured a largely below-per-performance this season, but they have managed to win their last six Premier League games and are making a late bid to finish in the top four.
The Reds sit fifth on 62 points in the Premier League as they head into the weekend games, a point behind Manchester United.
Liverpool might not play in the Champions League next season with just two weeks left to play in the Premier League with the transfer market coming up.
Jurgen Klopp however was confident that this will not deter their transfer wishlists adding that Liverpool as a club will be enough of an incentive.
In a press conference, he spoke ahead of the trip to Leicester on Monday Night Football, confirming that players won’t mind joining Liverpool even without Champions League football.
The German said: “When I talk to a player – if I’m allowed to talk to a player, which it barely the case, but in the moment when you are – you realize then it’s already clarified because we cannot tell anybody in the moment that we are definitely in the Champions League. If he’s talking to us, it’s probably already clear that he knows about that situation.”
“If you join a club, it’s that you want to reach something together with the club. We have to fight to be part of the Champions League, we have to fight for trophies and if you want to be part of that, you are more than welcome.”
“There is one thing we cannot guarantee this year and it is Champions League football, all the rest is the same as it was before.”
“It is a fantastic club with a really good football team and even better, hopefully, next year. I’ve barely faced the situation where you talk with a player and everything is great and he says, ‘okay see you if…’ That doesn’t happen really often.”
“We are still Liverpool and we are really attractive for a lot of players, we should not forget that. That’s why I’m not concerned about that fact.”
“Everything is of course more difficult without Champions League, especially in long term, and we have to not do these things more often.”
“But apart from that, it’s okay the situation we are in from a talking point of view and convincing point of view.”
Should Liverpool miss out on the Champions League spot for next season, it will be Klopp’s first since he joined the club.
Since joining Liverpool on 8th October 2015, Jurgen Klopp has helped the club achieve a lot while maintaining the top level in the Premier League.
The Man Jurgen Klopp
Jürgen Norbert Klopp is a German football manager and former player who was born on 16 June 1967 and is the manager of Liverpool.
Klopp is widely regarded as one of the best managers in the world.
Klopp was appointed by Liverpool in October 2015 as the manager of the club.
His tactics and experience guided the club to UEFA Champions League finals in 2018 and 2022, and won the trophy in 2019 to secure his first – and Liverpool’s sixth – title in the competition.
Jurgen Klopp’s men finished second in the 2018–19 Premier League, registering 97 points; the then third-highest total in the history of the English top division, and the most by a team without winning the title.
Klopp won the UEFA Super Cup and Liverpool’s first FIFA Club World Cup the following season before helping Liverpool win it’s first Premier League title, amassing a club record 99 points and breaking a number of top-flight records.
These feats won him back-to-back FIFA Coach of the Year awards in 2019 and 2020.
Race For Premier League Top Four
The top four race is one that looked all but over just a matter of weeks ago but Premier League is full of surprises.
While the battle for the title was somewhat confirmed to fall in for Arsenal or Manchester City, the teams joining them look fairly nailed on.
Manchester United and Newcastle have occupied those spots and both looked to have enough to ward off rivals, but Liverpool out of nowhere are back in the mix.
And the Reds are currently in the race for the top four finish and have more games in hand sit Brighton.
Here are the matches left for Manchester United, Liverpool, and Newcastle as they chase Champions League qualification:
Leeds (A) May, 13, 12.30pm.
Brighton (H) May, 18, 7.30pm.
Leicester (H) May, 22, 8.00pm.
Chelsea (A) May, 28, 4.30pm.
Wolves (H) May, 13, 3.00pm.
Bournemouth (A) May, 20, 3.00pm.
Chelsea (H) May, 25, 8.00pm
Fulham (H) May, 28, 4.30pm
Leicester (A) May, 15, 8.00pm.
Aston Villa (H) May, 20, 3.00pm
Southampton (A) May, 28, 4.30pm
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