Jurgen Klopp has warned that failure to secure Champions League football for next season will make it difficult to attract top players in the summer.
A dismal run of results since Christmas has seen Jurgen Klopp’s side slip to seventh place in the Premier League table, the latest being their home defeat to Chelsea on Thursday night, with injuries to key players fundamentally undermining their defence of the league season that they won last season.
And although they could still qualify by winning the competition again – they are in a strong position to reach the last eight after winning the away leg of their tie with RB Leipzig – Klopp is aware that their best chance of being back in the competition again is by virtue of finishing in the top four.
The German has dismissed suggestions that a fundamental rebuild of his squad is required, but has acknowledged the need to freshen-up in a couple of position.
At the same time also he has admitted that the quality of players who will want to come to Anfield does depend on whether they are playing Champions League or Europa League football next season.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.