With Liverpool hoping to get back to contending for trophies again next season, there is a very important reason that they should make the Champions League their priority.
The Reds had a nightmare 2020/21. While injuries were the key reason for this, it cannot be denied that it was a huge setback for the club after finally winning the Premier League in record-breaking fashion the season previous.
Last season, they came third in the Premier League and exited the Champions League in the quarter-final.
After being arguably the most attractive side in Europe for two years, the Liverpool stock undoubtedly plummeted.
That is why it is absolutely vital that they have a successful season in 2021/22.
If Liverpool want to establish an era of dominance and ensure that they do not fall away like they did in the nineties and noughties, they cannot afford to have two bad seasons in a row.
The team is starting to age, with many key stars approaching 30 or already there.
So, the management needs to think about replacing these players with more top-class players.
This is particularly the case with the front three.
Everybody wants to see a world-class young forward come in when it is time for the likes of Mohamed Salah to move on.
Winning the Champions League may allow Liverpool to do just that.
Win the Champions League and get Mbappe – simple
Ok, Liverpool do not usually buy superstars. They make them. We know how FSG work, they do not have an unlimited transfer pot.
But next summer, two of the biggest stars in the entire game will possibly be available for unbelievably low fees.
According to CBS, Erling Haaland has a release clause of just £64m that kicks in in June 2022.
Meanwhile, the heir to Leo Messi’s throne as the best player on earth, Kylian Mbappe, will be available for free. His contract will expire on June 30, 2022.
Manchester United are on the verge of signing Jadon Sancho, which means that they may not be in for them either.
Realistically, that leaves just three sides who can compete with Liverpool as the perfect destination. They are Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea.
The two Spanish sides have fallen away in recent years. They are not the dominant forces that they were throughout the 2010s.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are riding the wave of being crowned Champions of Europe in 2021. According to Fabrizio Romano, Haaland is considering a move to the Blues.
This will be because of their success in the Champions League. Which is the point we are making.
Winning the Premier League is a fantastic achievement. But winning the Champions League makes you THE desired destination for the in-demand megastars.
Kylian Mbappe is the one. He has spoken very highly of Liverpool in the past and seems to be a big fan of Jurgen Klopp.
Yes, his wages will be high. But it doesn’t matter when you don’t have to pay a transfer fee for someone that cost his current club almost £166m (BBC).
If Liverpool want him, then winning the Champions League will likely see them jump ahead of Real Madrid in the queue to sign him.
Fail to do so, and they likely miss out.