Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said the club’s transfer plans will not be affected this summer if they miss out on qualifying for the Champions League this season.
Liverpool are four points below the top four after drawing late in the last few weeks against Leeds United and Newcastle United.
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Following last week’s draw with Newcastle, Klopp said the team didn’t deserve Champions League football, but before the Premier League clash at Manchester United on Sunday, he added that the club’s transfer strategy would not change if it did she does not come in the top four.
“The Champions League is huge, especially financially for the club,” he said at a press conference. “If we can’t do that, it’s no good. No way.
“But I don’t think it will change anything. The situation was difficult before and it’s difficult after. It’s always difficult.”
Klopp has previously dismissed proposals that key players should seek a move from Anfield if they miss the top 4 after Mohamed Salah twice refused to rule out a move to La Liga earlier this season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team has less time to prepare for the game after reaching the semi-finals of the Europa League on Thursday. However, Klopp believes fatigue won’t matter on Sunday.
“It is different [preperation] to our situation. It’s a tough challenge for them, “he added.” Today is recovery, tomorrow there will be a second recovery and then they play.
“They don’t have a chance to change things, but I don’t think they want to. 75 percent of the team is always the same. He can change the top three from time to time.” [Marcus] Rashford, [Mason] Greenwood or [Daniel] James on the wing.
“”[Paul] Pogba can play on the wing, played a good game last night but they can’t make massive changes if they haven’t had injuries. It’s tough but we’ve had this type of game in other seasons so it’s just a fight and we have to fight. “