Under FSG, Liverpool have qualified for the Champions League just once, and that season we fell miserably out of the group stages – so in recent memory – Europe’s elite competition has felt very far away.
That changed when Jurgen Klopp took charge, and we could smell it last season – one game away from earning qualification through a Europa League win. Sadly, Sevilla snuffed that dream, but this term, we’re looking to enter via the more conventional method: a top four Premier League spot.
Liverpool currently lie fifth in the table, but we’re three points from second and have the benefit of no cup games to play from now until the summer, unlike our rivals.
Klopp understands the importance of a top four finish and has promised his side will do all they can to ensure this happens.
“Things that I don’t have, I don’t miss,” Klopp told the ECHO
“But of course I enjoyed being in that competition a lot and that’s where we want to be.
“To achieve that we need to qualify. We didn’t qualify this season. We are working to go there as soon as possible.
“We saw this week again what a strong competition the Europa League is too. Strong teams, intense games.
“We enjoyed it last season, well we did until the last match day! We had some wonderful games in that competition.
“But of course the Champions League is THE competition. We want to be part of it. To get there we have to win a few games.”
A Champions League adventure under Klopp would be terrific, especially considering we’re so good against top sides! Imagine a series of games where teams play a high defensive line and throw players forward… Liverpool’s dream!
In all seriousness though, it’s essential to our progression, especially as it’ll dictate which players we can attract this summer in the transfer market.