Former Liverpool midfielder Ronnie Whelan feels the Reds are now a more exciting proposition for players all around Europe.

The Anfield outfit, who appointed former Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp as manager in October, progressed to the quarter-finals of the Europa League after drawing 1-1 with Manchester United in a Round of 16 second leg tie at Old Trafford last night, thereby winning the tie 3-1 on aggregate.

Liverpool also managed to reach the final of the League Cup, where they lost to Manchester City.

And Whelan thinks Liverpool’s good cup runs, coupled with the lure of playing under the charismatic Klopp makes the Merseyside giants a more attractive destination for players than it was a year ago.

“What you will find is a lot more players around Europe looking at Liverpool now and thinking 'I wouldn’t mind going to Liverpool, things seem to be happening there, the new manager, the team are getting to cup finals, to the quarter-finals of the Europa league'”, he said on LFC TV.


“Players look at that and think they wouldn’t mind being here now, whereas we wouldn’t have had that a year ago.”

Liverpool, who are making a late push to finish the season in the Champions League spots, are currently eighth in the standings with 44 points from 28 games.

Although the Reds are seven points adrift of the top four, Klopp’s team have played a game fewer than fourth-placed Manchester City.