Liverpool leave for Australia on Champions League high

Arsenal defeated Everton 3-1 on Sunday thanks to goals from Hector Bellerin, Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey but it was enough only to finish fifth as Liverpool beat Middlesbrough and Manchester City thrashed Watford. Klopp's side have been outside the top four only twice since September, the last occasion coming in February, so it is not as though their league position is not well-deserved.

"I think Alex Ferguson came out yesterday and said exactly how I feel: 20 years of how he's managed the club, he shouldn't be discarded by the fact we haven't qualified for the Champions League". 76 points is an outstanding number. "More than ever we had to stick together and be strong because it's been very hard for us". "They are both exceptional players and you want to keep exceptional players with you". After unbelievably successful stints Barcelona and Bayern Munich, the Spaniard was expected to immediately turn Manchester's other club into one of the continent's elite teams. And in the big games last season we got the most from games against the top four and this season we have not done so well. "I would have liked to have played more but I am grateful to the club for the opportunities and the manager [Jurgen Klopp] has been really nice to me".

"We scored this one goal but the main target was to defend better in the second-half, because we thought pretty much each long ball was half a counter-attack", Klopp said, insisting it "makes no sense when you have the ball 90 per-cent [of the time]". That's probably what everybody wished before we started. Wenger said: "I think you respect everyone in life and I respect Stan Kroenke a lot".

"Honestly, I really don't know which way it's going to go now". That can be a good thing but he's a very demanding individual.

"If he wants to continue playing at the highest level - week in, week out - and be the first name on the team sheet, then he'll probably have to go and play his football elsewhere".

Goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Phillipe Coutinho solidified the Anfield club's spot in next year's most prestigious club competition, and Liverpool's Adam Lallana has claimed that it will help his side sign some "big players" over the summer.

"We should try everything to change this".

Finishing fifth means Arsenal will play in the Europa League for the first time next season and missing out on Europe's premier tournament may not sit well with their star players.

  • Angelo Rivera