Paul Merson says Jurgen Klopp’s job at Liverpool is under threat if they miss out on the Champions League (Getty/Sly Sports)

Paul Merson believes Jurgen Klopp’s job is in danger if Liverpool miss out on a place in next season’s Champions League.

The Premier League champions currently sit sixth in the table and five points behind fourth-placed West Ham ahead of their clash with Sheffield United on Sunday evening.

Klopp has already conceded defeat in the Premier League title race, meaning that a top-four finish or more success in the Champions League is needed if Liverpool are to be in Europe’s elite competition next season.

And Merson feels Klopp’s position will be under threat if Liverpool are unable to keep their status as a Champions League club.

‘[Jose] Mourinho done that to Chelsea, he gave them the Premier League and everything they wanted,’ Merson told Sky Sports.

‘This year I think they would’ve put that in their budget [finishing in the] top four.

Liverpool are five points behind fourth place in the Premier League (AFP via Getty)

‘If Leicester got into the Champions league the money would start spinning, you’d think, ‘oh my god, we got a lorry load more money’.

‘One sure thing in management is the sack.

‘This manager is a great manager but let’s be honest, if he didn’t get in the Champions League next year, we’d seriously be talking, ‘how’s he carrying on?’… you would.

‘For how great he is, and he is a great manager, and what he’s done for Liverpool, Mourinho’s done it at Chelsea.

‘If they don’t finish in the top four, I think the manager would be in trouble.

‘The manager’s a winner, he ain’t hanging around.

‘The problem is they didn’t kick on when they won the league. It was such a good team, it’s hard in this day and age.’

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