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Klopp explains how Champions League finish will affect Liverpool transfer plans


Jurgen Klopp has revealed there will be no major Liverpool rebuild – even if the Reds hit the jackpot by qualifying for the Champions League.

The deposed Premier League champions go into the final three games of the season with their top-four hopes in the balance after a title defence wrecked by injuries and inconsistency.

The Merseyside club announced pre-tax losses of £46million earlier this month – and have estimated that the final cost of the coronavirus pandemic will hit £120million.

And Klopp has now admitted that Anfield bosses have put two transfer strategies in place for the summer – neither of which includes a significant overhaul of his squad.

Klopp said: “What happens in one season always has an impact on the next season.

“Success-wise and money-wise, that is clear.



Klopp's men are still in the Champions League hunt
Klopp’s men are still in the Champions League hunt

“So we try to be prepared for pretty much everything from a scouting and coaching point of view.

“Qualifying for the Champions League is always our main target because it’s so really important to the club.

“But if we don’t qualify then we won’t suddenly stop playing – and we will not buy eight players if we do qualify.

“So there’s not a big difference. We will see how it works out.

“This season has had so many turns and ups and downs, but qualifying is important – that is clear.

“And for the players it is even more important from a joy point of view.

“They all desperately want to play in the Champions League – and we have to use that.”

Liverpool already have a £30.5million deal in place to sign RB Leipzig’s imposing defender Ibrahima Konate at the end of the season.

But Klopp has other issues.

Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have both suffered from poor form, while Gini Wijnaldum will leave Anfield when his contract expires and question-marks remain over the futures of Naby Kieta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Liverpool boosted their hopes of breaking into the top four by securing Klopp’s first-ever win at Manchester United on Thursday night.

Now they have to build on that 4-2 victory by beating relegated West Brom at the Hawthorns and then picking up maximum points against Burnley and Crystal Palace.

The Kop boss has warned his players they will only get what they deserve and that Liverpool’s status as one of Europe’s elite clubs will count for nothing.

He said: “I don’t think they will give us a wild card – and some other good teams are not in there as well.

“Imagine a Champions League without Juventus?

“It’s a tricky one, but that’s how it is. You have to deserve to be part of it. Otherwise, you’re not.”

A year on from lifting the club’s first Premier League trophy on an empty Kop, the prospect of qualifying for the Champions League in front of fans on the last day of the season is something that Klopp refuses to contemplate.

He said: “I would like to talk about that next Thursday or Friday because nothing has happened yet.

“The only chance to do it is to win games. Whether the Palace game will be the game where we can reach the Champions League I don’t know in this moment.

“We have two massive games in between so didn’t think a second about it.”

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