Head coach Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Liverpool’s failure to qualify for the Champions League would be disastrous. Per Klopp, not qualifying for Champions League may have ‘massive’ financial implications for Liverpool.
Thus, Liverpool will face Manchester United this weekend in a clash where they have to make it or break it.
The Reds sit sixth on the Premier League table, four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and just five fixtures remaining.
Klopp’s side know that a defeat in the top-flight fixture at Old Trafford on Sunday is unacceptable.
A loss would effectively end their fading hopes of securing a top-four finish in the Premier League. This, in turn, would deny them a qualification for Champions League next season.
This week Liverpool announced pre-tax losses of £46 million ($64m) as the impact in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.
The lockdown expenditure and lack of revenue coming in from fans in the stadium have put Liverpool in financial quicksands.
And Klopp knows that missing out on Champions League revenue would do little to help that situation, instead worsen it.
Speaking at a pre-match press conference on Friday, he told reporters: “Playing Champions League obviously is massive, especially from a financial point of view, for the club. So if we cannot make that then it’s not good, definitely not.
“But I don’t think it will change anything [in terms of his squad for next season]. The situation was difficult before and it will be difficult after.”
Therefore, per Klopp, not qualifying for Champions League may have ‘massive’ financial implications for Liverpool.