"It's a big influence on the transfer market, especially if you do it more often," Klopp told reporters at Anfield. "If you talk to a player, especially the players we talk to -- because we don't talk to players that are not better than our players -- they say, 'If you played in the Champions League, it would be really interesting because the club is great, the manager's not too bad' -- all this stuff. "Or even when you try to extend a contract with a player in the squad. They say, 'Yeah, I want to play Champions League.' "I always think, 'WTF? It's your job to do it with us together! Don't ask for us to do the job so you can play Champions League. Do it with us together.' "And that's what this team did. That's why I'm so happy about it. Fourteen months' hard work. And we did it. Nice." Appointed in October 2015, Klopp was unable to steer Liverpool into the Champions League in his first season as they finished eighth in the Premier League, but a fourth-place finish last term opened the door to a return.
Klopp: "The atmosphere was outstanding. It was too loud for me to get in contact with the boys!" pic.twitter.com/KSAe7CzRJI— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 23, 2017
They will discover their group-stage opponents in Thursday's draw in Monaco and Klopp could not contain his excitement at the thought of the Champions Leaguemusic booming out over Anfield again. "It's so exciting to be part of it," said the German, who led former club Borussia Dortmund to the competition final in 2013. "For me personally, it's two or three years ago (since his last involvement). I loved it always.
Jurgen Klopp has got his side playing some heavy metal football tonight ? pic.twitter.com/HxX0cuonor— B/R Football (@brfootball) August 23, 2017
"I still love it, the players love it, the crowd loves it. We will have a few fantastic European nights at Anfield. So all good in the moment and nothing to moan about." Leading 2-1 from the first leg, Liverpool flew out of the blocks, scoring three times in the opening 21 minutes through an Emre Can brace and a Salah effort. "The start of the game was like a thunderstorm," Klopp said.
Jürgen Klopp on the Reds' return to the Champions League:— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 23, 2017
"Yippee! It means everything!" pic.twitter.com/ZncAxNjmqE