Jurgen Klopp could hardly contain his delight as Liverpool secured their place in the Champions League group stage with a 6-3 aggregate success over Hoffenheim.
The Reds went into the second leg of their play-off round tie holding a 2-1 advantage and a brace from Emre Can and further strikes from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino helped them secure their progress with a 4-2 triumph at Anfield on Wednesday.
Liverpool will now participate in the group stage of Europe’s premier club competition for the first time under Klopp and the German believes it is the culmination of all their hard work.
Klopp said: “It’s all that the club, the team, we worked for in the last 14 months.
“I know you will always find a few people who will say ‘It’s just the Champions League or only the Champions League.’ But we wanted to be part of it with all we have.”
Klopp also believes Champions League qualification will boost his side’s chances of bringing in new recruits before the closure of the transfer window, with Salah, Andy Robertson and Dominic Solanke the only players to arrive at Anfield so far this summer.
“It’s [Champions League qualification] a big influence on the transfer market, especially if we do it more often,” he added.
Liverpool have been crowned champions of Europe on five previous occasions, most recently in 2005, and they are priced at 21.00 to secure the continent’s top prize once again this season.