Boss Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool could be better off next year if they miss out on a place in the Europa League.
Liverpool currently lies seventh in the Barclays Premier League table, nine points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham. Even qualifying for the Europa League, which would only be guaranteed if finished fifth, looks unlikely with Liverpool seven points adrift from Arsenal, who currently occupy fifth spot.
However Rodgers believes a successful summer window with no international tournaments to affect pre-season and the absence of Europa league football will be ideal for Liverpool to finish in the top four next season.
“It is a double-edged sword for us. The players and supporters want to be in Europe and as a manager it is a great test and I have really enjoyed the Europa League (which they exited at the last-32 stage) this year. But you could argue having one season out of Europe would give us an even greater chance of challenging for the top four next season. That is a real difficult task now with the number of teams up there and the finances involved way beyond ourselves but it (the lack of Europa League action) would give us a real good run to do that. Ultimately we want to be a club that is in Europe and we want to have a squad which is strong enough to be able to cope with European football and the domestic league and cups. We will see where it takes us. We will finish as high as we possibly can but if Europe doesn’t end up for us then it might be a blessing for us next year.”
Do you think Rodgers is right with his comments? With the top four being extremely unlikely, where would you like Liverpool to finish in the table?