EPL: Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool book ticket to UEFA Champions League play-off stage

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The other seeded teams along with Dortmund and Liverpool are Sevilla, Napoli or Roma (Serie A's final fixtures will be played this weekend), Dynamo Kiev and Europa League Finalists' Ajax.

Arsene Wenger is yet to confirm whether he will still be manager next season while the futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are also uncertain, with both players stalling over new deals. "We want to be there", added the German.

"I know managers defend themselves by using certain things but we actually have a better total of points this season than we had a year ago and we finished second".

The five-times European champions last played in the competition in 2014 but fell meekly in the group stage with manager Brendan Rodgers even playing a weakened team against Real Madrid as the club prioritised the Premier League.

Wenger has persisted in not revealing what he will do once Saturday's FA Cup final against Chelsea is over.

"Overall I believe that we played since January in a very hard environment for different reasons", Wenger told reporters at the Emirates on Sunday.

"We were playing in a hostile environment", the Frenchman told reporters of his side's hard mid-season period. "The players came back stronger in the past two months and I'm very proud of them for doing that".

"Thank you will never be enough but I will be coming back here one day and I love you all from the bottom of my heart", he said, his voice cracking. "I've turned down every club in the world to stay here".

Wenger received the backing of old foe Ferguson in midweek, with the Manchester United legend giving his former counterpart a glowing appraisal.

Sir Alex, who won 13 Premier League titles, said: "I just wonder if they realise the job he's done". If you have a top player who wants to come to London and at Arsenal he is being offered say 100 grand and at another club it's 200 grand, where is he going to go?

"It's been a hard season, we've had ups and downs but to get over the line is a great feeling".

"I really feel sorry for him because I think he's shown outstanding qualities, and I think he has handled the whole situation".

"You have certainly to know that there are many aspects of a football club which have to be discussed at a board meeting".

There was a time when Liverpool fans wanted Lallana replaced by ambitious targets, but he's one of the first names on Jurgen Klopp's team-sheet nowadays.

  • Julie Sanders