Klopp sends financial warning
Jurgen Klopp admitted that not qualifying for next season’s Champions League would have a “huge” financial impact on Liverpool.
The Reds are currently five points away from the top four places in the Premier League after their 1-0 win over Wolves on Monday.
Klopp’s men could also advance to the European tournament by winning it this season, with Liverpool in the hat for Friday’s quarter-final draw.
The German coach has raised the possibility of his side missing out on the Champions League next season and explained how it could work in their favor and create problems for their Premier League rivals.
“It would mean a huge financial loss. Otherwise, not that much, ”he explained.
“I like to be optimistic, but in the league it is almost impossible to qualify in the competition for the places we have in the Champions League. ”
Klopp, speaking via SportsWitness in an interview in SportBild with Germany and Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthaus, added: “In the worst case it will be next year: no Champions League, maybe to be from the Europa League, although this is also not guaranteed.
“If we don’t play internationally at all, that means more time to relax.
“It would be bad for all the other teams. Because training is good for us. If we had more time, we could take advantage of it.
“We would try to turn the bad situation into something good. ”
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Keita compared to Real Madrid legend
Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita has been compared to Real Madrid and France legend Zinedine Zidane by Guinean manager Didier Six.
Six recently captained his 26-year-old country, although the midfielder is limited to just 15 appearances this season.
Keita suffered another injury-plagued campaign but remains one of Guinea’s most important players as he prepares to report for international service later in March.
“It’s not about building the team around one particular player,” Six told FIFA.com.
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“In my opinion, Keita has magical feet, and I decided to give him the captain’s job because he’s a real leader.
“He’s never abrasive with his teammates. The way he talks to them is very similar to the way Zidane treats his players, and he communicates the message in a wonderful way.
“When he came back from injury, I gave him two full games in four days and he helped us a lot, like scoring against a strong Malian team in Mali.
“He makes himself available to the team and his teammates are doing everything they can to help him. We still need his magic and fighting spirit in the field. ”