Klopp reveals talks ongoing with summer targets, admits single factor could scupper deals
By Matt Bullin
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted his summer transfer strategy will depend on whether his side qualify for the Champions League or not.
The Reds need to beat Middlesbrough at Anfield on Sunday to secure a finish in the top four and with it, a place in Europe’s elite competition.
Man City and Arsenal are the other clubs vying with Klopp’s side for a spot in the Champions League, with one of them set to miss out.
A place in the Champions League gives clubs a crucial bargaining chip when it comes to attracting players, and Klopp is under no illusion how important it is.
Speaking to the Mirror, he said: “The better we finish, maybe the easier it will be. It has a [big] influence, and that’s how it is.
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“The players we are talking to are good players and I know they have offers from otherthey will play Champions League whatever [happens in Sunday’s game].
The transfer talks we’ve had have been very positive so far, but that doesn’t mean that they will always work out.”
The Mirror article states Klopp will be handed a £100m transfer war chest this summer, while James Pearce has stated the Reds will go on “the biggest spending spree in the club’s history”.
Liverpool have only been in the Champions League once in the last six seasons, and they failed to make it out of the group stage.
The Reds could finish in the top four even if they lose or draw on Sunday, but Klopp will want to do things the definitive way in the game against Middlesbrough, with the stakes so high.
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