Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed he will not sign a player in the summer who is only interested in playing in the Champions League. He believes the Reds are unlikely to qualify for Europe's elite club competition next season.
The Merseyide club settled for a 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on 3 April. After the last result, they sit ninth in the league table with 45 points after 30 matches, nine points behind fourth placed Manchester City.
Klopp has already admitted he will look for players everywhere and not just look at signing Bundesliga players. The lack of European football could hurt the Reds when they look to bring in top class players to Anfield after the end of the season. However, the former Borussia Dortmund manager is looking to recruit players in the summer transfer window, who can help Liverpool return to the Champions League.
"Obviously, not 100 per cent, but maybe 80 per cent we are not in the Champions League next year so if I would speak to a player now and he says 'if you were playing in the Champions League next year I would be really interested'. I would put the phone down from my side," Klopp was quoted as saying by the Telegraph.
"I always tell players if when you are 35 or 36 and look back on your career and you think about the one year you didn't play Champions League then you are really a poor boy.
"There are so many things you can do and reach if you go together with the team. You can qualify for the Champions League, play Champions League, maybe win it or whatever. It is a much more satisfying thing than all the rest. That is what I would say.
"It is pushing the train, not jumping on the running train. That is what we need here. If somebody says 'you don't play Champions League next year' then goodbye and thank you, have fun next year wherever you will be.
"We will find players or we have players already that will go our way. That is not my way, that is the normal way for a club not playing in the Champions League."