Boss knows top 4 is the key
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp knows that the transfers the club make this summer is dependant on whether or not they make the top 4 this season.
Liverpool’s destiny is in their own hands in their final 2 games of the season. 6 points out of 6 from West Ham away and Middlesbrough at home will guarantee them Champions League football this season.
Klopp admits discussions have already taken place with some of Liverpool’s summer transfer targets and knows there is plenty of competition for their services.
When asked about the importance of a top-four finish for Liverpool’s transfer plans, Klopp said: “It probably has influence. The players we are talking to – that is how it is. They are all good players.
“I know they have offers from other clubs so maybe they play Champions League.
“So it is important. Everybody knows there is a lot of money in the Champions League. It is not only the sporting challenge – which is really exciting – but it is also the money you can earn.”
Klopp recently confirmed that there are no plans on Liverpool’s part to sell star player Philippe Coutinho, but some players could be on the way out this summer. Midfielder Kevin Stewart has been linked with a move away, and is reportedly the subject of interest from several Premier League clubs.
In the short term, however, Klopp confirmed midfielder Adam Lallana and striker Daniel Sturridge are both in contention to start against the Hammers this weekend after being limited to a couple of substitute appearances each since returning from injury.
Forward Roberto Firmino and midfielder Lucas Leiva are doubts with muscle injuries. You can read our preview for West Ham vs Liverpool here.
By Ben Kelly – @benkelly_10