Jurgen Klopp drops hint about remaining Liverpool signings
Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool's Champions League qualification could boost their transfer dealings
Jurgen Klopp has hinted that qualifying for the Champions League group stage could make it easier for Liverpool to wrap up some further signings before transfer deadline day.
The Reds booked their place in the group stage of Europe’s elite club competition on Wednesday night thanks to their impressive 4-2 victory over German side Hoffenheim at Anfield.
Liverpool will now compete in the group stage of the tournament as they look to make it through to the knockout round, as Klopp takes charge of the Reds in the Champions League for the first time since his appointment at Anfield back in October 2015.
The Merseyside outfit continue to be linked with a number of players this summer as Klopp considers further bolstering his squad ahead of the close of the transfer window next Thursday.
And the Liverpool boss has admitted that being able to offer Champions League football to prospective signings could help them to make the transfers they are after.
Speaking at his post-match news conference at Anfield on Wednesday night, Klopp said: “It’s [Champions League qualification] a big influence on the transfer market, especially if we do it more often.
“I said I think before the game, if you talk to a player, they really often [mention it]… especially players we talk to. We don’t have to talk to players which are not better than our players because it’s difficult to find.
“I know a few people think differently, but we do a lot of work and it’s not that easy to find 20 players in this position that are better, 20 players in that position that are better. But if you talk to them, they say if you would play in the Champions League, it would be really interesting because the club is great, the manager is not too bad and all that stuff.
“Or even if you try to extend a contract with a player in the squad, [they might say], ‘Yeah, I want to play Champions League’ and I always think ‘It’s your job to do it with us together, so don’t ask that we do a job and you cannot play Champions League – do it with us together.
“That’s what this team did, and that’s why I am so happy about it. 14 months’ hard work and we did it – nice!”
Liverpool now turn their attentions towards their crunch clash against Arsenal at Anfield on Sunday afternoon as they look to build on their 1-0 win over Crystal Palace last weekend.