How will Liverpool approach summer?

Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool have regained their rightful place among Europe's elite and he is determined to keep the club there.

This could affect the future of their manager, Arsene Wenger and star players like Mezut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez as they are still stalling on signing a new contract at the club.

That has fuelled talk of a possible summer transfer, with the 30-year-old aware of the need to get regular game time at this stage of his career.

"For me it's the best competition, you want to be there and Liverpool needs to be there consistently", he said, according to Sky Sports.

The Reds regularly came unstuck against bottom-half sides who defended deep and tried to frustrate but, strangely, playing in the Champions League may actually be easier for the players as fewer teams will come to Anfield with ultra-cautious tactics.

Coutinho says he is not looking to leave the club any time soon, "Stay here and they will end up building a statue in your honour".

He said his future would be decided after next week's FA Cup final against Chelsea and that his loyalty could not be questioned, adding that he had turned down "every club in the world" to stay at Arsenal for 21 years.

"I am very proud of what they have done, the way they responded and finished the season".

"If you look how strong the Premier League is, all top sides, and we've shown on our day we can beat anyone", the vice-captain said.

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

He is not at fault if we did not reach the Champions League. We have managed to achieve that.

"Financially, you don't suffer any more [by failing to qualify]". We won eight of our last nine games, despite the lack of clarity, so we have just to focus to win the next one.

"We lost two centre-backs and that's a big blow", Wenger said.

"Overall, it's not about one player, but I understand why you asked about him".

  • Julie Sanders