Klopp proud as Liverpool return to Champions League

He committed to a new long-term contract with the Reds in January.

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has reassured Liverpool fans that he has no intention of leaving this summer to become "just another" player at one of Europe's big clubs.

The 24-year-old, who scored 13 league goals and provided seven assists for the Reds this season, intends to see out his contract which is now set to expire in 2022.

"Stay here and they will end up building a statue in your honour", said Coutinho.

"I'm not sure if (finishing in the top four) was the target of all the Liverpool supporters but I think pretty much the second best", Klopp told reporters.

Cech believes Arsenal can follow Chelsea's lead and bounce straight back into the Champions League - but only if the squad is kept together. "Speculation is for journalists only".

"I think we are getting left behind a little bit by two or three clubs that are now ahead financially and they are spending money and things need to change at Arsenal".

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp expressed his pride yesterday after his side sealed a top-four finish in the Premier League that had looked doubtful after a very bad loss of form in January.

Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years under manager Arsene Wenger, but Cech said Premier League champions Chelsea had benefited from not being involved in the competition this season. "But then in the middle, the performance regressed", added Coutinho.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has vowed to fight for his place next season, and has targeted winning a first Premier League title since 2004 amid speculation surrounding his future.

"In the big games last season, we managed to have the most points out of the top six but in the head-to-head games we didn't do so well and that probably makes the difference because we gave points to our rivals and they took advantage of it".

  • Zachary Reyes