While that would have meant that Liverpool had to navigate to qualifiers last season, UEFA's changes to the competition mean that the Reds are automatically in the group stage along with Spurs an the two Manchester clubs next year.
While the German praised Salah for his season, he believes the 25-year-old can get even better.
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Luka Modric acknowledges that, while Liverpool were not one of the pre-tournament favourites to win the Champions League, they deserve respect in next week's final. Brighton are a good team, in a position to play without pressure. When you see people, they wished you luck for the final - they didn't wish me luck against Brighton!
The England global rattled in a rising drive off the underside of the bar to break his duck, Salah providing the final pass to set up the shooting opportunity.
The Reds will face Real Madrid in the showpiece match of the European club season in Kiev on May 26, having progressed all the way from the qualifying play-off last August.More news: ITC net profit up 10% in Q4
LIVERPOOL midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum admits the dream of joining the ranks of Champions League "legends" is driving the players to succeed in Kiev later this month. They are really professional, this is their third final in three years so that says a lot about that team. He broke the record for a 38-game season and that is what I will try to do next season.
If any of them perform well at the tournament, though, it will likely increase their value if Real look to move later in the summer.
Solanke had been at Chelsea since he was 8 but chose to leave in favour of more first-team opportunities at Liverpool after having played just 17 minutes of senior action.More news: JK Lakshmi Cement Q4 profit jumps 62% to Rs34 crore
"Everyone can imagine that the boys now need a little bit of rest, we give them two days then we go on a little camp and will not train [at] high intensity". He improved others, as well as taking his own game up a huge gear, and did things on a pitch that most footballers can only dream of. We have to time to prepare for the game, which we want to do.