Football pundit Danny Murphy has suggested Liverpool may be able to attract better talent than Chelsea in the coming months, due to the stability Jurgen Klopp has brought to the Merseyside club.
The Blues failed to qualify for the Champions League for a second time in the past three seasons after they finished the top flight in fifth position this term. The Reds, meanwhile, qualified for Europe’s premier club competition after finishing in fourth position and five points above Chelsea.
Liverpool surpassed all expectations this season by reaching the final of the Champions League, where they will play defending champions Real Madrid on May 26. Winning the Champions League could cap off an impressive season for Klopp, as well as Mohamed Salah, who has become one of the world’s best attackers following his transfer from Roma last summer.
While they may not have won many major trophies in recent years, the Reds have shown tremendous improvement under Klopp. If this continues, they could be serious contenders for Premier League honours next season.
The Merseyside outfit can now attract some of the world’s best talent, as shown in their acquisition of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for a fee of £75 million during the January transfer window. They reportedly beat off competition from Antonio Conte’s side in the race to sign the Dutchman.
Chelsea, on the other hand, do not look like a stable club, as can be seen by the amount of managerial changes that they have undergone in recent years.
Murphy believes that Klopp could find it easier to convince players to join his club as compared to the Chelsea hierarchy.
“Klopp has a long-term plan and wants to be at Liverpool for a number of years,” Murphy told the Evening Standard.
“Perhaps that was what persuaded Virgil van Dijk to move to Anfield instead of Stamford Bridge. Although there are some exceptions, players like stability — and you don’t get that at Chelsea.”