EPL: Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool book ticket to UEFA Champions League play-off stage

"If you want, usually at the end of the season you're kind of exhausted, but I could start - and don't tell the players this - tomorrow because I'm already looking forward to what we can do".

Liverpool's Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Middlesbrough at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on May 21, 2017.

"We've got top four now".

Arsene Wenger's future at Arsenal is still shrouded in doubt after the club missed out on qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years.

"I'm experienced enough to know you can not have 20,000 people on your side". However, Spurs will find themselves in pot three also if Manchester United win their Europa League final against Ajax this week, due to the Manchester club's higher Uefa coefficient.

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He said there were other explanatory factors behind the club's difficulties, but refused to go into greater detail.

"In the big games last season, we managed to have the most points out of the top six but in the head-to-head games we didn't do so well and that probably makes the difference because we gave points to our rivals and they took advantage of it".

However, following Sunday's 3-0 win over Middlesbrough which confirmed the Reds will be playing in the Champions League next season, both players have intimated they are set to stay.

Fellow centre-back Gabriel came off with a knee injury and Arsene Wenger said he was not optimistic that he would be able to recover in time.

"Probably a question for the manager", was the player's response when asked whether he would continue in defence.

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There was further turmoil this week with reports Alisher Usmanov, owner of 30 per cent of Arsenal's shares, was seeking to purchase Stan Kroenke's 67 per cent majority stake for £1 billion, but the American's company KSE UK stressed on Monday that its shares were not for sale. 'Maybe it was a penalty but I didn't see it again, ' said Klopp. "It is the technical department who is responsible for that".

Everton playmaker Ross Barkley, who is stalling over a new contract, came off the bench to replace Tom Davies as part of a 26th-minute reshuffle by visiting manager Ronald Koeman.

"This season we have improved".

"I don't want to say we are already in -- qualification is qualification -- but we are really strong, we want to fight for it and be there. That's what we try to find and that's not easy".

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