Klopp expects transfer boost from Champions League participation
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp and Jordan Henderson celebrate after the 4-2 win (Reuters)
Liverpool - It's a big influence on the transfer market, especially if we do it more often, Klopp said in his post-match conference
Published: Thu 24 Aug 2017, 11:13 AM
Last updated: Fri 25 Aug 2017, 3:06 PM
Liverpool's appearance in the Champions League will go a long way towards helping the Premier League club attract quality players, manager Juergen Klopp said.
Liverpool beat Hoffenheim 4-2 in the second leg of their Champions League playoff on Wednesday, overcoming the German side 6-3 on aggregate to seal a spot in the group stage of Europe's elite competition for the first time since 2014.
"It's a big influence on the transfer market, especially if we do it more often," Klopp said in his post-match conference.
"If you talk to a player, they really often (mention it)... especially players we talk to. We don't have to talk to players which are not better than our players because it's difficult to find."
The Merseyside club's most significant signing so far this window has been Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah, who joined from Italy's AS Roma in June. Liverpool have also added defender Andrew Robertson and striker Dominic Solanke to their ranks.
Klopp believes that Champions League participation has two major benefits as elite players, who often choose clubs based on their engagement in the tournament, will now be open to a move to Liverpool and also allows the club to retain key players.
"I know a few people think differently, but we do a lot of work... if you talk to them, they say if you would play in the Champions League, it would be really interesting because the club is great, the manager is not too bad..." Klopp added.
"If you try to extend a contract with a player, (they might say), 'Yeah, I want to play Champions League' and I always think 'It's your job to do it with us together, so don't ask that we do a job and you cannot play Champions League...'
"That's what this team did, and that's why I am so happy about it."
Liverpool's three opponents in the group stage will be announced on Thursday.
Klopp's side now turn their attention to the Premier League, where they host Arsenal on Sunday.
Emre Can scores twiceLiverpool scored three goals in 12 dramatic first-half minutes, two of them from Emre Can, on their way to a hugely entertaining 4-2 win over Hoffenheim on Wednesday.
Portugal's Sporting also went on the rampage, scoring four times in the last half hour to beat former European champions Steaua Bucharest, now known as FCSB, 5-1 away after they had been held 0-0 at home in the first leg.
Qarabag became the first team from Azerbaijan to reach the group stage when they qualified on away goals after losing 2-1 away to FC Copenhagen, while APOEL Nicosia and CSKA Moscow also went through.
Liverpool, 6-3 winners on aggregate, last played in the group stage in 2014-15 and their presence means the English Premier League will have five of the 32 teams after Manchester United qualified as Europa League winners.
There was a huge amount at stake in Wednesday's games as teams who take part in the group stage receive a minimum fixed payment of 12.7 million euros ($15.00 million), with bonuses of 1.5 million euros per win and 500,000 euros for a draw.
Teams also receive money from the market pool which can vary from anything between 1.4 million euros to more than 50 million depending on the size of the market in the club's respective country.