Liverpool’s frustrating transfer window could be about to come to an end after the club secured Champions League football, Jurgen Klopp has suggested.
The Reds thrashed Hoffenheim 4-2 at Anfield last night to win their play-off contest 6-3 on aggregate.
The impressive victory ended any doubts about their participation in Europe’s elite competition and will see them pulled from the hat in today’s draw.
In addition, it provides the club with a major boost in the transfer market with Klopp saying it could have a ‘big influence’ on convincing players to join.
‘It’s a big influence on the transfer market, especially if you do it (qualify) more often,’ Klopp said. ‘Players we talk to say “if you play Champions League, we would be really interested because the club is good, the manager is not bad”.’
That will come as a relief to Liverpool fans who have seen the club largely frustrated in their pursuit of new recruits. Mohamed Salah is the only major arrival with hopes of signing Virgil van Dijk and Naby Keita so far thwarted.
Qualification could also help existing stars to remain at Anfield, Klopp suggested.
‘Even if you try to extend a contract with a player in the squad. I always think “WTF (what the f***), it’s your job to do it”.
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He continued: ‘It’s up to you to help us get there. Don’t expect us to get there and then you join us. We are meant to do this together, and that’s what we did tonight.’
Emre Can, who scored twice in the win over Hoffenheim, is out of contract next summer.