Jurgen Klopp fears that Liverpool will not be able to attract top players in the summer, admitting that missing out on Champions League football next season is ‘certainly not good’.
- Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool faces a massive clash with rival Manchester United
- Victory at Old Trafford could revive their hopes for Champions League football
- Manager admitted that playing in the top European league is huge
- He pointed out the huge financial impact of missing the top four this season
Jurgen Klopp accepts that missing out on Champions League football would have a ‘huge’ impact ahead of Liverpool’s crucial clash with Manchester United.
The Reds have seen late goals from Leeds and Newcastle pints them back to draws in their last two games, so the clash at Old Trafford on Sunday will be even more important.
Klopp is under no illusions about the effect that missing the top four could have this summer and next season.
Jurgen Klopp accepts that missing the top four would have a ‘huge’ impact on Liverpool
Mo Salah and Co have slipped the lead in both of their last two games in the Premier League
He said: ‘The Champions League is huge, especially financially. It’s really important. If we can’t fix that, that’s no good. Absolutely not.’
It is clear that the dent in terms of revenues will be significant and could affect both players’ willingness to join the club this summer and Liverpool’s ability to afford high transfer fees.
But Klopp added that football is still in a “ dire situation, ” with many clubs affected by the impact of the pandemic on cash flow.
He continued: ‘This situation was difficult before, it will be difficult after that, football is in a difficult situation, so no, I don’t think it will change much.’
The Reds are running out of games to make it to the top four for next season’s Champions League
The champions are four points off the top four with five games to play and will face a United squad hitting their tires.
Sunday’s opponents, who beat Roma 6-2 in the Europa League on Thursday, said Klopp: ‘It’s a very tough game, an exciting game for both teams, Man United is good, we saw them play last night.
‘Looks like they were really flying, it’s a tough one. Two teams to win it is a recipe for a good game, so let’s see what happens.
‘It is completely different from our situation, United is used to playing on Thursday and Sunday, but it is still a very tough challenge. There isn’t much you can do in practice, but I don’t think they will wait to change much.
75 percent of the team is the same for most games. Who we’ll be dealing with is pretty clear: they probably won’t make any major changes. Late in the season, these kind of matches, it’s just a fight, we both have to fight. ‘
The Liverpool boss understands Sunday’s game is almost a win for his side
The German continued: ‘This is the game for any Liverpool player or manager to give it their all.
Is it the best place to go after Newcastle or see them score six last night? I don’t know, but we just have to be ready. It is not often that you are in front of a team at the right time. We had a good training week, good intensity and tried to simulate our normal rhythm.
‘We don’t score often enough, but we are creating a considerable number, we have to keep doing that. It’s not about yelling at them “how can you not score”, you have to help them. ‘
Three points could help Liverpool reach back to West Ham and Chelsea before closing the season with matches against Southampton, West Brom, Burnley and Crystal Palace.