Former Liverpool forward reckons Klopp needs two world class players this summer

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Tottenham Hotspur's South Korea forward Son Heung-min has said losing their first Champions League final would be painful for a very long time as he prepares to make sure that does not happen when they face Liverpool in Madrid next month.

The allegations involve City trying to circumvent UEFA's financial fair play regulations by masking cash infusions from the United Arab Emirates through inflated sponsorship agreements with UAE airline Etihad and could result in City being banned from the Champions League if the club is found guilty.

City won the Premier League title for a second successive season on Sunday and no-one can deny that they are a fantastic team, led by a brilliant manager in Pep Guardiola who has taken full advantage of everything coming his way since he arrived at the club three years ago.

The 26-year-old Son is confident that a three-week break will see him return to what he called "fire mode" against the Merseysiders at Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

"We have to do a couple of things in preparation for the Champions League, media stuff", Klopp told the club's website.

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But how did they get there?

John Aldridge believes Liverpool need to sign two world class players this summer to turn Jurgen Klopp's side into title winners. Manager Mauricio Pochettino, also seeking his first silverware after five years at Tottenham, said at the weekend after they clinched a top-four spot with a 2-2 draw at home to Everton that he would not put his players through a pre-season regime.

"We have our idea, we have our plan", he said. It is not a preseason, but it is not going to be a holiday.

As this chart shows, no club in world football has spent almost as much money on transfers over the past 11 years as City has under its new ownership. After a campaign that saw Liverpool lose just one game - to City - their haul of 97 points was the third most ever achieved in Premier League history, behind only City's back-to-back title-winning efforts.

A final conclusion is unlikely to be reached before the start of the next Champions League so any ban would not be expected to come into force until the 2020-21 season.

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