Liverpool prepared to fly home from US Tour for potential Europa League qualifiers, assures Klopp

Jürgen Klopp will split his side in half for a pre-season friendly with Chelsea and a Europa League qualifier, should Liverpool have to compete in both.

Liverpool prepared to fly home from US Tour for potential Europa League qualifiers, assures Klopp
Klopp looking relaxed in a Europa League press conference, as he is about this issue (photo: LFC)

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has assured fans that neither their pre-season preparation or European exploits will be affected in the summer, even if his side are required to play an early Europa League qualifier.

Pre-season tournament clashes with qualifying

It was confirmed last week that the Reds, led by Klopp over pre-season for the first time, would play a number of high profile friendly matches in the USA, as part of the International Champions Cup, a tournament they competed in for the first time two years ago.

Klopp's men face Chelsea on July 27th, three days before playing AC Milan, with their final game being against Barcelona on August 8th. The game against Chelsea is just 24 hours before the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round, likely to be entered by teams finishing sixth or seventh in the Premier League.

With Liverpool looking unlikely to catch fourth placed Manchester City, but well in with a shout of finishing in the top seven, many suggested that the Reds would have to change their plans to accomodate the Europa League qualifying round.

Klopp plays down potential issue

However, when questioned about the matter earlier this week, manager Klopp stated that the squad would be split in half, some facing Chelsea, some returning to Europe for the first leg.

He told the media that he was "really happy with the plan", despite the fact that it was "complicated of course", because it's impossible to accurately predict where his side will finish this season.

"It's a long flight but we can't change this. If we have to fly back, no problem," said the German.

Reds might miss out entirely

There is the chance that Liverpool could finish seventh and not qualify for the Europa League, but that would only happen if West Ham United or Manchester United finished ahead of the Reds and didn't win the FA Cup, a competition which both are left in.

Manchester City's Europa League spot, confirmed after they beat the Reds in February's Capital One Cup final, will be passed down to sixth place in the league, should the Citizens finish in the top five - as they are expected to do.

Whether or not it would be a good thing for Liverpool to make it into the Europa League next season is another discussion entirely, but those involved with the club can rest assured knowing that their plans are sorted, should they do so.

Manchester City's Capital One Cup win is likely to secure a Europa spot for the sixth placed PL team (photo: getty)
Manchester City's Capital One Cup win is likely to secure a Europa spot for the sixth placed PL team (photo: getty)