Klopp: Champions League would be icing on cake for Liverpool

Nevertheless, securing a top-four finish is imperative on the final weekend of the season if that bubble is not to be burst.

"Much as I respected him for his long and successful tenure, my occasional willingness to pass comment on him and the team probably counted against me". Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, however, expects them to be giving it their all.

'He's an Arsenal player and he might have a few texts come through from his team-mates there and they will all be supportive, ' said Agnew.

"We are a club without financial problems and we have money to spend, but it makes sense to think before we spend". For me it's a subject of no interest.

Former Arsenal star Tony Adams called out former coach Arsene Wenger in his upcoming book. But he echoed former teammate Patrick Vieira in saying that Wenger doesn't want strong characters around him who will challenge his opinion, and described Rice's eventual successor Steve Bould as someone who "won't ruffle feathers".

But the players are really positive this year in comparison to last year.

Wenger has been criticised in the past for not doing enough to hire former players as coaches, with the likes of Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry all working elsewhere at the moment.

"Director of football - when I say that - is a guy who makes the decisions that normally are down to the manager", he said. "But there is no right". I think he's got a really bright future in front of him. Does that mean they are going to play with a bit of freedom or are they going to sit in? You have to be needed. It's not like some players have never left the club.

"This view has changed", the German told a news conference, referring to Liverpool having limited options in recent transfer windows partly due to the lack of Champions League football.

The Premier League is obviously a tough league and you need the energy to play week in, week out, but I think we have the squad to do that, so it doesn't mean that if you're in the Champions League you can't fight for the Premier League title.

Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent.

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