April 06, 2015 08:53:49 UK
Brendan Rodgers has warned supporters Liverpool will find it tough to attract the best players if they fail to qualify for the Champions League for next season.
A 4-2 hammering by Arsenal on Saturday was the club’s second straight reverse and leaves the Merseysiders in fifth place – seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester City ahead of their trip to take on Crystal Palace on Monday.
“Liverpool is a phenomenal club players want to play for, but players want to play at the top level,” Rodgers told reporters.
“If you are not in the Champions League it makes it difficult for you.”
Liverpool were five points clear at the top of the Premier League with three games remaining last season but saw Manuel Pellegrini’s men crowned champions.
They failed to progress beyond the group stage of the Champions League and were placed in the last 32 of the Europa League, where they lost on penalties to Besiktas.
They face Blackburn Rovers in an FA Cup quarter-final replay at Ewood Park on Wednesday and must now target the famous old competition as their last hope of silverware. Blackburn are quoted 5.50 in the 90 minutes betting and the draw outcome is priced 3.80. Liverpool are available to back at 1.61 in the match betting.
“We always felt this year was going to be difficult, that was the reality of it,” added Rodgers.
“Our run last year nearly brought us the title. We lost a world-class player [Luis Suarez, who was sold to Barcelona] and lots of other developments happened within the club.
“But it is frustrating that we got ourselves in a position over the last three months, very close, to then come up short in the past two games.
“However, I look at Arsenal and their bench, the world-class players on the field with big talent and it shows the continual work we have to do.”
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