Jurgen Klopp believes good players will always want to come and play for Liverpool but Champions League qualification would provide that extra “icing on the cake” for potential signings.
The Reds go into the final matchday of the season with a one point lead over fifth-placed Arsenal which means a win at home to Middlesbrough on Sunday would see them playing Champions League football next campaign.
Klopp admits playing in Europe’s top club competition can be a draw for major signings but won’t sign anyone that only wants to come for that reason only.
“Liverpool always looked like a massive club,” said Klopp in his pre-match press conference. “I can only speak from the German view – people thought Chelsea had the money, Man City are coming up and Man United are Man United.
“They have seen our way and they have seen our football. Champions League would be icing on the cake.
“But if Champions League is the only reason a player is coming… it makes no sense. It is important for players but the progress and development is really important.
“We are powerful and we will be successful in the future. For this we need players and we have good players and we will have more in the future.”