Sturridge: Liverpool will decide if I'm still here next term

But the club will certainly look to strengthen over the summer having missed out on a Champions League place for the first time in 21 seasons under Arsene Wenger, with Saturday's Wembley showdown a chance to lay down a marker for next season.

Liverpool guaranteed they'll be playing Champions League football at Anfield next season after Sunday's 3-0 win over Middlesbrough secured a top-four finish in the Premier League.

LIAM BRADY HAS once again underlined his unwavering support for Arsene Wenger amid calls for the Arsenal manager to step down after two decades in the job.

The big guns blew away the rest on the final day of the Premier League season as City thrashing Watford 5-0.

"I am a Liverpool player and want to be contributing as much as I can for the football club".

His brilliant technical ability is matched by a a mammoth work-rate, making him one of the most effective players in the Premier League.

"We will be really strong and we will fight for it".

He said there were other explanatory factors behind the club's difficulties, but refused to go into greater detail.

"If you want, usually at the end of the season you're kind of exhausted, but I could start - and don't tell the players this - tomorrow because I'm already looking forward to what we can do".

Across the next week, there will be a number of awards to vote on, and we start with the player of the year vote. "They've got money coming in which will enable them to be up there", he added.

"Alexis has been brilliant, scoring a lot of goals".

Laurent Koscielny was sent off for a bad tackle on Enner Valencia while fellow defender Gabriel suffered a knee injury.

Wenger said earlier this year that he would make an announcement about his future before the end of the season, but he has repeatedly ducked opportunities to reveal his intentions.

"I proved this year I will play wherever the manager wants me to play". But the runner-up finished its best season in 54 years in style by beating relegated Hull 7-1.

"The Champions League is the best tournament in Europe", said Klopp, who guided Borussia Dortmund to the 2013 final where they lost to domestic rivals Bayern Munich.

  • Julie Sanders