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'We are on the way' - Klopp confirms Liverpool talks for summer transfer targets

Goal.com logo Goal.com 18-02-2017
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Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Liverpool are currently in talks regarding potential new additions to his squad, but conceded that qualification for the Champions League will "have an influence" on any business they conduct.

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Having been eliminated from the FA Cup, the Merseyside outfit are currently in La Manga for a mid-season training camp, as they attempt to ensure that they improve upon a disappointing run of form that has seen them drop out of the top four.

Klopp's side brought an end to their winless streak - which had stretched to five games - with a 2-0 win over Tottenham last week and they must continue to pick up the points if they are to qualify for next season's Champions League.

Philippe Coutinho signed a new long-term contract in January and Adam Lallana is another player who is expected to ink a new deal, but Klopp is also eyeing new additions.

"We are in talks with different people - players, agents, all that stuff," Klopp told the Liverpool Echo. "Not a lot of decisions have been already made at this point. Why should they at this stage?

"But we are on the way. At the end I'm sure we will have a really good squad.

"We already have a good squad and a few more good players will make it even better. There's a good base."

Following their win over Spurs last week, Liverpool are in fifth place, one point off Arsenal in fourth, as the race for Champions League qualification heats up.

Klopp suggested that not qualifying for Europe's premier club competition should not necessarily have an affect on whether a player sees Anfield as an enticing destination, but conceded that it would be a boost if they are participating in the tournament.

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"I actually don't think so but we will see," the former Borussia Dortmund boss said when asked if Champions League football is a necessity to lure players.

"We don't have to talk about the Champions League now because we are not even qualified.

"But of course if we are in the Champions League then it would have an influence. We would need a deeper squad and you have to be prepared for that. No question.

"Even with the league this season, we could have needed a deeper squad with the injuries we had. But we're through that now.

“We will adapt our plans to the number of tournaments we play next year."

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