Adam Lallana expects to see big players come through the gates at Anfield this summer after Liverpool finished in the top four for the 2016/17 season.
Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal missed out on a top-four finish for the first time in over two decades when Liverpool pipped them to it on Sunday. It will be just the second time the Reds play in the Champions League in eight years.
The mood within the Liverpool fanbase at the moment is one of complete optimism and although there are still those who mutter about FSG’s failings and Jürgen Klopp not buying in January, there is belief that next season will be one to remember.
This belief seems to extend from the players into the fans and one such player is Adam Lallana who feels as though we should all expect big arrivals this summer.
Speaking after the 3-0 win over relegated Middlesbrough, Lallana told BBC Sport, “Does Champions League qualification mean new players? I think it does.
“I said in the week that we’re going to attract big players this summer, especially with having Jürgen Klopp as our manager.
“The new stand – the atmosphere is great.
“And on top of that with Champions League football, I think we’ll see a few big faces coming in.“
Being able to offer transfer targets Champions League football next season is vital as all the best players want to be playing in Europe and this is something that Liverpool has struggled with in recent years. Failing to offer this has seen the likes of Willian, Mohamed Salah and Henrik Mkhitaryan have chosen to take their services elsewhere in favour of Champions League football.
On Sunday, in his post-match press conference, Klopp said that transfer plans are already well underway despite the season only just closing.
He said, “We have already pretty much done [the work]. We have to see.
“Most of the work is already done, of course.“
With the Champions League play-off round scheduled for August, Klopp will need to get all his business done early to give his players enough time to get to know each other and form a connection in order to perform against whoever is drawn to face the Merseyside team.