Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern have been on top of the world for the past week, after sealing a return to Champions League football.
Many believe that the importance of playing in Europe’s elite competition next term is crucial for Jurgen Klopp’s vision at the club, as failure to achieve this objective would have left the Reds in real danger of missing out on top-targets and losing key-players.
The Reds still face a challenge to beat the likes of Chelsea and both Manchester clubs to big names, due to the financial power their Premier League rivals boast, but Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard believes the lure of working under Jurgen Klopp is significant.
‘I was thinking if Jurgen Klopp had been at the club a bit earlier what might have been. There’s no doubt about it, if he had been here three or four years I believe I would have been part of him delivering big trophies for this club.’
‘It’s his aura and the way he is with you – how he makes you feel. I went out there to play in a friendly and I felt like it was the World Cup final. That’s what he gives players. We’re blessed to have him and hopefully we can go from strength to strength over the summer. Everyone is excited.’
‘It was such a key result against Middlesbrough. To have Champions League football back is very important for this club. Now we have to seize the moment. It can’t be like it was a couple of years when we got back into the Champions League but it quickly fizzled out. It can’t be like that.’
‘We’re in the qualifying stage but you’ve got to realise that to get to the latter stages of the competition you are talking about top, top class opposition. Top class individuals and managers. It’s important that we keep trying to move forward.’
Our landlord believes that working with Klopp is appealing but the Reds need to improve their performances on the field to show their ambition, otherwise they may continue to fall behind their rivals.
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