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Liverpool have been a top team under Jurgen Klopp over the past three years, and they have gone on to win the Champions League and league title during that timeframe.
With Liverpool currently 6th in the Premier League, Jurgen Klopp’s side stand the risk of missing out on a Champions League place, and Arsenal legend Paul Merson has insisted that it would be unthinkable for Liverpool to miss out on top four.
Paul Merson spoke on the importance of the Liverpool vs Chelsea clash to the two sides, but warns that Liverpool can miss out on a lot of they fail to make a Champions League spot.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “Liverpool and Chelsea and teams like that will be spending money on the strength of expecting that money to be coming in next season, Champions League money. That’s why it’s a big game – I don’t think either team can afford to lose it.
“I can’t explain how big it would be if Liverpool ended up not getting in the top four, it’s massive. Massive. Liverpool can’t not be in the Champions League.
“People go over the years they might not have been in every year but this Liverpool team of the last two years have been, bar the last three months, unbelievable.
“To be out of the top four would be unthinkable. Unthinkable. They would’ve budgeted everything, everything about it – season tickets, everything.
“TV money from the Champions League, prize money for getting through the groups; it pays people’s wages. They’re not bottomless pits.
“They still have to look at their books. It won’t be ‘oh, don’t worry about it’. And they need to bring in players. We’ve seen that with a few injuries they’ve become a lot less of a team.
“How are you going to get players to Liverpool now if they’re not going to be in the Champions League? They need to get in the top four, 100 per cent.”