Liverpool are a two-legged playoff away from being back in the Champions League and Jamie Carragher insists that the Reds’ presence in the tournament can’t be a one-off.
Having won the Champions League himself, Jamie Carragher knows what he’s talking about.
The former Liverpool centre-back is excited about his boyhood side being back among Europe’s elite but is adamant that Jürgen Klopp needs to keep his side in the tournament consistently over the next few years.
A draw for the first and second qualifying rounds for the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League will take place on Monday and Jamie Carragher has expectations for the only club he has ever played for.
“It’s huge. We know it brings extra revenue, you hope it entices players who want to play Champions League football,” Carragher told LFCTV.
“We haven’t been in there too often of late, and it’s just something we have to be in now year in, year out.
“It has to be the minimum requirement, as it was when we were playing.
“It’s a lot tougher now to get in, a lot more competition to when I was playing, but it’s huge to get in and it can’t be a one-off like last time.”
Jürgen Klopp will lead Liverpool back into the Champions League for the first time since the 2014/15 season.
The Reds were poor under Brendan Rodgers in their last participation with Europe’s big boys but the common consensus is that Klopp will be more successful than his predecessor.
With Mohamed Salah close to signing for Liverpool, it’s clear that quality is being added to the ranks as Klopp looks to ensure that his side are able to compete with Europe’s biggest sides and that, as Carragher rightly suggests, Liverpool become a European mainstay once more.