Wednesday, 28 June, 2017

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool are back where they belong

Wembley Stadium Robust security measures will be in place at Wembley Stadium. Steve Parsons PA Wire
Connie Andrews | 27 May, 2017, 02:33

Wenger has been in charge of the Gunners since 1996, winning three Premier Leagues and six FA Cups, but has faced protests from Arsenal supporters this season calling for him to quit.

"Then we bounced back, and I finished the season at a high level".

Some fans had been hoping that they would be given the option to opt out of Europa League fixtures altogether, but that is not the case.

City routed Watford 5-0 with Sergio Aguero netting a brace in the win that ensured their direct entry into the Champions League, while Manchester United beat Crystal Palace 2-0 to finish sixth with goals to Paul Pogba and Joshua Harrop.

Adam Lallana was able to add a third goal to make sure of the points which see Liverpool head into a Champions League play-off at the start of next season. We were playing in a hostile environment.

Arsenal's remarkable run of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League in 19 consecutive seasons came to its widely anticipated end on Sunday.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the Arsenal winger, and Red Bull Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, are also said to be targets for Liverpool, while Klopp retains interest in Borussia Dortmund's 18-year-old winger Christian Pulisic. "The players came back stronger in the last two months and I'm very proud of them for doing that".

"I know managers defend themselves by using certain things but we actually have a better total of points this season than we had previous year and we finished second".

Disappointed Arsenal could point out that their total of 75 points was more than they achieved in finishing runners-up last season and would normally have put them in the top four. "Yes, of course." He did not join in the post-match lap of appreciation - he said he wanted the players to have "the quiet lap of honour they deserved" - and he was vague and evasive about the reasons for the lack of clarity over his situation.

A lesser placing that Manuel Pellegrini and he got them to the semi-final of the Champions League.

"We don't know if Arsene is going to stay, it's still up in the air. I've turned down every club in the world to stay here".

"I would not say we're already in because qualification is qualification, but we're already looking forward to it". Klopp's side have been outside the top four only twice since September, the last occasion coming in February, so it is not as though their league position is not well-deserved.

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