Jurgen Klopp has admitted Champions League qualification will have an “influence” on Liverpool’s transfer activity.
Klopp confirmed discussions were underway with several targets ahead of next season, but admitted it was a difficult situation talking about such deals.
Two more wins will be enough to seal a top four place, regardless of what Arsenal do in their remaining three games, but Klopp knows it’s a difficult scenario motivating his squad, knowing that a place at the top table next season means more available for transfers and the possibility of the existing players being moved on.
“The players we are talking to, I know they have offers from other clubs. It’s important for the club,” said Klopp.
“There’s a lot of money in Champions League, as a football club we have to do this.
“Getting in Champions League has influence (on transfer plans). Should I go to the players in the dressing room, ‘boys the better you play the better the players that replace you next year are’?!”
Klopp was baffled by the nature of Southampton’s performance against Arsenal this week. The Gunners waltzed to a 2-0 away win and Saints’ open style was far from the defensive approach they took in the goalless draw at Anfield.
“It was a completely different game when Southampton played Arsenal. Open game. No idea why they did them that favour,” added Klopp.
Asked about the pressure in the final two games, starting with Sunday’s game at West Ham, Klopp was calm.
“I don’t think we will be (nervous),” said Klopp. “It is easier to sit here to talk about than perform on the pitch.
“We only need one big result? Maybe not one result. We will see.
“You need to be ready for the final moments. It’s about being organised and serious defending.”
“It’s football. It’s a game. We’re good at this game.”