Jurgen Klopp has revealed talks are already underway with top European stars as the prospect of Champions League football makes his summer recruitment drive easier.
The Liverpool manager intends to strengthen his squad with up to seven new players as the Reds prepare to spend big to sustain a viable double assault on the Premier League and Europe next season.
With Klopp linked to big money names like Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette , Schalke trio Sead Kolasinac, Leon Goretzka and Max Meyer, Naby Keita of Leipzig, Brazil star Luan Vieira and Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon amongst others, plans are at an advanced stage.
And the German coach suggested even though he has no guarantee of landing the biggest targets being pursued – with so many of Europe’s elite as rivals – talks have made clear it is now far simpler to sell Liverpool as a club to prospective signings.
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“I think that Liverpool at this moment is a really interesting project for players. It’s a fantastic club, it’s a good situation where we really can see the progress of the team,” he said.
“The talks we’ve had so far are very positive. That doesn’t mean it will all work out, but they are really positive, and they all see the progress. That’s good.
“We cannot say 100 per cent that we will play Champions League football next year. I’m not sure, but I would say together with Tottenham, the average age of the team is such that there’s still a lot to come.
“We feel in a good way, and if a player wants to be part of this way, then it’s easier to make this decision this year than last year.”
Klopp’s confidence is a massive boost for Reds fans, who were frustrated last season when big stars like Mario Goetze, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Teixeira all turned their backs because of the lack of Champions League football.
Yet as they prepare for the visit of Crystal Palace this weekend they look increasingly likely to finish in the top four and deliver the place at Europe’s high table.
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For the German, it is not even the success that is the biggest draw, but the development of his young side, which he sees as possessing the most potential in the Premier League along with Spurs.
“They are obviously a few steps ahead, but they have played longer together maybe. Hopefully we are maturing – sometimes you have to make real mistakes to learn from that.
“After the West Brom game I told the players it looked like adult football because they were doing the right thing at the right moment, without waiting for a very special moment.
“In that situation, staying in a game, doing the right thing, playing the right pass, that’s what I thought was really good. It is all about the development, that’s how it is with a young team.”
Klopp will again be forced to field a young side against the greater experience of Palace, with the likes of Joel Matip, Lucas and Ragnar Klavan all added to a lengthening injury list, which could offer an opportunity to youngsters like Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold.