Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League will not in any way affect his summer transfer proposals.
The Reds boss already knows money would be tight after a year of the coronavirus pandemic, which the club estimate will cost them an estimated £120million by the time fans return to the stadium.
The Premier League champions are already counting their losses with recent accounts published showing the club made a pre-tax loss of £46million to the year ending May 30 2020 and there will be further financial hurt to come.
Any position less than top four will have an impact in reducing the amount of money coming in, Klopp does not believe it will materially affect his plans that significantly. “I don’t think so, really,” he said.
“Playing Champions League obviously is massive, especially from a financial point of view for the club so it’s really important.
“If we cannot make that, then that’s not good. Definitely not. I don’t think it will change anything because the situation was difficult before and it is difficult after.
“Football is in a difficult situation. I don’t think it will change a lot.”
Liverpool will travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Sunday, where Klopp will have to win for the first time as manager if their top-four hopes do not go up in smoke.
The Reds are already four points behind Chelsea, who occupy the final qualifying spot, and they cannot afford any more slip-ups after late equalizers cost them two wins against Leeds and Newcastle last week.
When asked how necessary a first victory at Old Trafford in seven years would be to their European aspirations Klopp added: “More than 100 percent. Even then if the others all win nothing changes for us.
“But without winning football games we will not end up in any kind of European competition, so for us everything is clear.”