Klopp reveals Champions League mission statement

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The five-times European champions last played in the competition in 2014 but fell meekly in the group stage with manager Brendan Rodgers even playing a weakened team against Real Madrid as the club prioritised the Premier League.

"I know managers defend themselves by using certain things but we actually have a better total of points this season than we had a year ago and we finished second. Some other reasons where we will talk about another day", he said. "The players came back stronger in the past two months and I'm very proud of them for doing that".

He added: "It has been hard. It has been hard, yes, and certainly my personal situation has contributed to that but you can never question my professionalism or commitment".

Rob Holding has revealed that Arsene Wenger did not allow him to leave Arsenal in January as he wanted to prepare him for first-team football.

"For me it's the best competition, you want to be there and Liverpool needs to be there consistently", he said.

"This is why I still want to continue to win this title".

Goals by Hector Bellerin, Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey sealed victory for Arsenal on Sunday but they now have a defensive headache for next week's Wembley final against Chelsea.

The Arsenal manager admitted that the confusion surrounding his future at the club distracted his players, but does not think that uncertainty was his fault.

The Reds have been heavily linked with a host of top talent including Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk and Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

"No I don't think I will match him on that front", he told reporters. "I respect Stan Kroenke a lot", Wenger said.

Much more is expected this time round and, before flying to Australia, Klopp outlined his transfer strategy for the summer, which will be key to improving their Champions League record of just three wins in 14 games since the 2008-09 quarter-finals. "It is the technical department who is responsible for that". "I don't see what he has to do with that".

Holding added: "We had a little play with it at Bolton under Neil Lennon when I first got back into that team".

"It makes a difference financially of course but it is the sports side of things that is more interesting", he said.

"It feels good. We deserve this position". The big point is to get in players who will have more productivity.

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