Jurgen Klopp warns Liverpool must ‘appreciate’ reality check over Prem targets amid rivals’ spending

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp Credit: PA Images
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp Credit: PA Images

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned that fans must not take qualifying for the Champions League for granted, especially after this summer’s spending.

The Reds have won one Premier League title under the German, while losing out to Manchester City by a point on two further occasions. Chelsea have looked the pair’s closest rivals at times, but even they have not shown the consistency for a title charge.

Nevertheless, they are firmly in the mix for a top-four finish alongside Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United.

And all four sides have strengthened this summer. Tottenham have made six signings in a bold statement of intent, while Arsenal have signed Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko from Man City.

Chelsea have also raided the champions for Raheem Sterling, with Manchester United looking to match their rivals with a statement signing.

As a result, Klopp has warned that qualifying for the Champions League must be Liverpool‘s main priority.

“It was clear before that Tottenham were going in the right direction last season with their signings,” Klopp told Sky Sports.

“Man City haven’t just brought in players, they’ve given two to Arsenal and one to Chelsea.

“We’re in a similar situation where you can’t always go with the same team. You need fresh blood and fresh legs. City are in a similar situation to us and we did it in a similar way. In the end, they will all have fantastic football players like we will. It’s the question of who makes the most of it.

“Everybody has the same chance. We will try to give it our all. The main target in this league first and foremost always is to qualify for the Champions League which is really difficult enough already.”

Klopp talks top Liverpool targets

Klopp claimed that Liverpool can think about winning the Premier League title once they have secured a top-four finish.

But he added: “When you’ve qualified for it [the Champions League] four, five years in a row people may not appreciate that anymore but it will be a massive fight for the Champions League places.

“Everyone wants to win the Premier League but I have no idea who will make the race. We’re looking to play the best possible season for us and we’re really looking forward to it.”

Liverpool and City have bolstered their front lines this summer. City have brought in former Borussia Dortmund marksman Erling Haaland, with Liverpool responding by adding ex-Benfica marksman Darwin Nunez.

However, Klopp ruled out any further signings after Calvin Ramsay and Fabio Carvalho – “unless we have injuries or player sales”.

Reds need to answer key questions

There is no doubt Liverpool will go into the season as one of the early title favourites, given their rivalry with City.

However, they have a number of questions to answer if the pre-season talk is to come true.

New signing Nunez must prove himself up top following the departure of Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich.

The Reds must also prove that they are right not to go after another more senior midfielder after 19-year-old Carvalho.

Liverpool could well rival City for the title again, but the early weeks of the season will prove key in determining their fate.

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