If Barcelona taught us anything with their incredible comeback on Wednesday it’s that Liverpool need to get back in the Champions League.
It’s the competition that produces the greatest games in history at times, it’s the stage for the world’s best players, best managers and best teams. It’s the platform that brings the loudest roar from Reds fans and the kind of spectacle that was made for Anfield.
Wednesday night in Barcelona was magical and if that hasn’t inspired our players to fight for a top four spot then nothing ever will.
Speaking about his side’s pursuit of a return to European football, Jurgen Klopp told the Liverpool Echo: “I still know it is wonderful to play there. I don’t need this feeling in front of the television to be highly motivated to go there next year. But when I watched it this week, especially the Barcelona game, I thought: ‘I love football’.”
“It is unbelievable that things like this are possible. It was great to watch of course.”
“The top six or seven teams can’t be sure that they will be in the top four. Last week they were already in, then they are already out. There are a lot of games to play.”
“For nobody it is already decided. As long as we have the opportunity I think we should try everything. It is wonderful to play there and it would be important for the club.”
The next couple of the months could promise to be the most important of Klopp’s time at the club so far. Not only would achieving this boost our chances of recruiting strongly in the summer but it would give the fans and everyone affiliated with the club a significant lift.
Competing with Europe’s elite is what Liverpool need to be doing sooner or later and the players are capable of doing just that if they can reproduce the performances that recently dominated Tottenham and Arsenal.