By Matt Bullin

Danny Murphy has stated this summer is a big one for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp as it will show whether he can persuade the best players to move to the club or not, with money seemingly not an issue.

Klopp’s Reds need a win in their final Premier League game of the season on Sunday to confirm a spot in the top four

The game sees them host an already relegated Middlesbrough in a must-win game, while their rivals for the Champions League places Man City and Arsenal, travel to Watford and host Everton respectively.

Liverpool’s defensive woes have been well documented and Klopp is set for a busy summer, but Murphy has questioned whether he has the persuasive powers to bring the top players to Merseyside.

Speaking on BBC 5 Live, as quoted by their official Twitter account, Murphy said: “This is the summer for Klopp. The team has got to start doing more in terms of consistency. I know they started the season well but defensively they’ve been all over the place.

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“[They can do it]by getting better quality in, can he get them? I think he’ll be given the money – it’s whether he’s got the persuasive skills.”

Liverpool beat Middlesbrough 3-0 when the sides met earlier in the season thanks to a brace from Sadio Mane and a tidy finish from Divock Origi – the Anfield faithful will hope for a similar result come Sunday afternoon.

Murphy played for the Reds between 1999 and 2004 and made 241 appearances in all competitions for the club, scoring 36 goals.

He was part of Liverpool’s treble winning side of 2001, and was also capped by England nine times.

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