Jurgen Klopp today explained that it feels strange telling his players to aim for the top four, when it essentially means they could be replaced by a higher calibre of footballer should they achieve the goal!
The manager was speaking to a press-conference ahead of Sunday’s crunch clash with West Ham and his quotes have been cited by the Echo.
A win at the London Stadium will put us within touching difference of our goal, which will allow us to target top players this summer. The likes of Virgil Van Dijk, Naby Keita and Mo Salah are wanted, but will require us to be in Europe’s elite competition before they put to paper. That’s before we’ve beaten off a number of our billionaire rivals for their signatures, too.
“The players we are talking to, I know they have offers from other clubs,” Klopp began.
“But there’s a lot of money in Champions League, as a football club we have to do this.
“Should I go to the players in the dressing room, ‘boys the better you play the better the players that replace you next year are’?!”
None of our players should think their head is on the chopping board though and should be doing all they can in every game to prove they are good enough for Klopp and Liverpool long-term…
Hopefully, a few of them can prove this at the weekend, as a loss will put us in perilous position.