Liverpool’s transfer plans will be aided by a second Champions League final appearance in two years but winning it would take Michael Edwards’ negotiating power up a level.

The Reds beat Barcelona 4-0 at Anfield on Tuesday evening, crushing their dreams of winning the Champions League and boosting their chances of winning silverware this season.

Jurgen Klopp has done such a good job on Merseyside, with his recruitment a large part of why he has been so successful in transforming this side  into the biggest English club on the continent.

Jurgen Klopp.

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Manchester City seem likely to beat Liverpool to the Premier League title but they have not matched and cannot replicate their successes in Europe.

If Klopp can steer his Scouse ship to a sixth European Cup win it will be a reflection of his abilities as a manager and will make his job moving forward that much easier.

 

The only real criticism you can make of his tenure at Liverpool so far is that he has failed to win three cup finals even if he went into every single one by exceeding expectations.

Jurgen Klopp

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By winning the Champions League (and potentially the Premier League?), the former Mainz manager will take that stress away but will also ensure that his plans to reinforce this summer are improved.

The best players in Europe want to join the best teams in Europe and what better way can Klopp prove that his side is as good as any out there than winning the Champions League?

A sixth European Cup could be used as a very weighty bargaining chip by Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards when he is tasked with convincing transfer targets to relocate to Merseyside.

Jurgen Klopp, Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk.

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Klopp told the media last month that he has no plans to make huge summer signings but given that he isn’t likely to broadcast his transfer ambitions to the world, we can disregard that mini-speech.

If the German finds an Alisson-type transfer opportunity, you best believe he will take full advantage and off the back of a potential 97-point Premier League season and Champions League final appearance, few players would turn the Reds down.

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