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loyalty Jurgen Klopp has fired a warning into the Liverpool dressing room with his latest comments

Liverpool have lost five home games in a row for the first time in their history


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

Jurgen Klopp has clearly decided the moment has come to reassert his authority on the Liverpool dressing room.

After weeks of turmoil on and off the pitch that has seen Klopp's champions slide into a slump that is arguably the most dramatic seen in the Premier League era, he has now sent out a defiant message to players who may be wavering in their commitment to the club.

With Liverpool's hopes of a top four finish taking a battering after their fifth successive home defeat against Chelsea on Thursday night, Klopp's side are in real danger of missing out on qualification to next season's Champions League.

That has sparked suggested that star names may look to jump from the Liverpool ship, but Klopp has been quick to slap down any deserters with some feisty comments ahead of Sunday's game against Fulham.

"If a player wants to leave because we don't play Champions League then I don't want him. It is not a personal thing, but it is always like this," he declared.

"You always need to find the right squad for the challenges you face. Then you go for it. It is nothing I worry about.

"I know we have loyalty from the players. It is not a situation where a player in the squad says, 'We are not in the Champions League so I have to leave'. That will not happen. I know them well enough to know that," said the manager.

"The club is in a different situation and it will not be an issue with new players I can say that.

"We said it years back if a player does not want to come to us because we don't play Champions League next season then I don't want him."

Klopp also sought to calm fears missing out this season would be the precursor to another long absence.

"This club will not be a regular out of the Champions League – this year is difficult we know that, but the potential and the power of the club is a completely different one," he stated.

"I do not know the team 10 years ago but we are ready for a battle in this era, and with the team we have together.

"Seasons have momentum and we never really got it this year, that is true, but this club is in a really good position.

"In a difficult time obviously, but in a better position than other clubs I would say.

"I obviously did not think about what happened in the past but what I can say nobody has to worry about the future of the club because it is in good hands and has a really good team together, and so that is obviously the basis for a good future."

The Liverpool manager also appeared to direct a verbal jab at rivals Manchester City after claiming the financial backing they have from their Abu Dhabi investors gives them an advantage no other club in England can match.

"The most difficult league to stay on top of everything for a long, long period is in England," he added.

"There is one team that maybe has everything for it - the team, the players, the manager, the money and all these kind of things - and that's Man City.

"All the rest have to fight with all they have to get close to them. And when you are close to them, you can maybe make it, as we showed last year."

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