Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that finishing below the top four might prove costly when they enter the market in the summer.
The German feels that they will find it harder to convince stars to join his team without Champions League football but denied he is under any extra pressure to get a top-four finish this year because of the financial implications.
“I think a week ago we were out (of the top four race), now we are around again so for us the challenge is clear. It is not that the owners called me and said that if you don’t qualify for Champions League then this or that will happen because we are all together and we all understand the situation.
“The main reason for qualifying is it is a great competition to play in. You want to excite some players to join. In the beginning, we were sitting with players who had always played in the Champions League and it was: ‘Sorry, we can only offer nothing or the Europa League.’ But it is always about finances and this year will be no different, it is always very important, absolutely,” Klopp said.
Liverpool who comes up against Chelsea on Thursday night have suffered six league defeats in 2021 and finds themselves placed sixth on the log.