Liverpool v Middlesbrough
Liverpool fans now have their eyes firmly set on one match only.
Already relegated Middlesbrough head to Anfield on Sunday and if Liverpool win, results elsewhere are immaterial, Jurgen Klopp’s side will finish in the top four.
It has been an up and down season for Liverpool, who have at times been scintillating going forward and excellent versus the best sides in the Premier League.
Whilst the title was in their sights at the turn of the year, reaching the Champions League would be a huge boost to Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool as they look to push on this summer.
Jurgen Klopp chooses his successor at Liverpool
On Friday, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has given a lengthy interview to Henry Winter in The Times.
The stand out quotes regard the fact that Klopp reveals he thinks Steven Gerrard will be his successor at Liverpool.
Gerrard is now Under-18s coach at Liverpool and this interview suggests he is a strong favourite to succeed Klopp now.
Klopp says: “I told him when I leave, or the club sack me, I don’t care of course who’ll be my successor, but I’d love that he’d be it. I’ll do everything I can to make sure he gets all the information he needs.”
The former Borussia Dortmund boss adds: “Because when you join a club you have a big responsibility for the future, and the future of this club needs legends like Steven Gerrard in decisive positions. Kenny Dalglish was pretty much everything in this club, and the feeling he creates just by being around is unbelievable.”
Liverpool’s summer transfer policy
Also in the Times interview, Klopp discusses fellow Premier League managers Arsene Wenger, Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte.
But, Liverpool fans will be most interested in how Klopp sees the transfer situation this coming summer.
Klopp: “We have to be better next year and we will be. For this we need to bring in quality players. Believe me, it is not easy to find players who make us better. We are already good. We will find them because I love the combination of Liverpool [on offer to potential recruits]: the name, the size of the club, the support, the power, the money we can pay, stadium we have, the atmosphere we can create, I love it. It’s the biggest ever.”
Further along in the interview, Klopp adds: “The game’s not ruled by money. In England each club has money. So you have to make better decisions. As long as things like Leicester and Huddersfield are possible everything’s all right.”