Liverpool ‘belong’ in the Champions League, claims star

Joel Matip claims that a club of Liverpool's stature should be in the Champions League on a regular basis

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: New Balance

Joel Matip has claimed that a club like Liverpool “belongs” in the Champions League.

The Reds are currently among the contenders to secure a place in Europe’s elite club competition for next season as Jurgen Klopp looks to steer Liverpool to a top-four finish in his first full campaign in charge at Anfield.

Liverpool headed into this weekend’s round of fixtures in third place in the table as they look to build on their eighth-placed finish from last term.

And Matip feels that Liverpool have what it takes to book their place in Europe’s elite club competition for next season.

Matip told Sky Sports: “A club like Liverpool belongs in the Champions League, so we will fight to stay or get there. With all its trophies and history, it is one of the biggest clubs, everybody knows this. Big history, big club.

“Everybody knows something about Liverpool, it speaks for itself, this is Liverpool. It is such a great club with this history.

“I want to play in the Champions League because then you play against the biggest teams and the biggest players and everybody will enjoy this.”

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Liverpool are currently preparing for their crunch Premier League clash against West Brom at The Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon as they look to seal a win to take them one step closer towards a top-four finish.

The Merseyside outfit finished eighth and without a trophy last season under Klopp.

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