Liverpool’s summer move plans are likely to be derailed if they do not advance to the Champions League in the upcoming season
Midweek saw Jürgen Klopp’s team exit the Champions League at the last-16 level, and now all focus is on the battle for the top four spots in the Premier League.
Liverpool limped out of the competition after losing to reigning champion Real Madrid 6-2 on aggregate, giving up any dreams of winning their seventh Champions League championship in the same city where they had won their sixth title just four years earlier.
Los Blancos have eliminated Liverpool from the Champions League for the third straight year, and they continue to be an unbeatable foe for Jurgen Klopp’s team. In reality, Liverpool has been eliminated by Real Madrid in four of the six Champions League seasons that Klopp has managed the club.
It was business as usual for the Reds against Real Madrid, and focus for the rest of the season has already shifted to securing a Champions League place for the following year. The good news for Liverpool is that they are solidly in the top four spots despite currently holding a game in hand and sitting in sixth place, six points behind fourth-place Tottenham Hotspur.
The bad news is that consistency continues to harm Liverpool’s prospects of having a successful season, as the Reds faithful have been made painfully aware of this season. It’s been challenging to string together a run of victories as evidenced by Klopp’s team’s humiliating loss to struggling Bournemouth last weekend after thrashing foes Manchester United 7-0 the week before.