Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted that the club will always be a huge draw for some of the world’s top players regardless of whether they are in the Champions League or not, reports the Liverpool Echo.
As things stand, it appears unlikely that the Reds will qualify for Europe’s most prestigious competition for a second successive season as they currently lie fifth in the Premier League, some seven points off the top four qualification spots. Defeats to rivals Manchester United and Arsenal in recent weeks have seen them fall off the pace.
The likelihood that they will have to settle for Europa League football has led to concerns that they will not be able to adequately strengthen their squad in the summer and that potential key signings could be swayed by the club’s failure to make it into the Champions League.
But Rodgers is sure that the prestige and status that Liverpool carries as a club will be enough to convince quality players to make the move to Anfield this summer and beyond. “We always have to try and get in the best players that we possibly can,” he said. “And I think that Liverpool will always be an attractive offer for players, whether we are in the Champions League or not.
“Of course, people look at it and think that you can’t attract people when you’re not in the Champions League, but Liverpool will always be a huge attraction. That’s because of the history and tradition of the club, but also, I believe, because of how we work here.
‘People look at us and see a team and a squad that is evolving and, I believe, will want to be a part of that. This is one of the greatest clubs in the world, and it will always be an attraction for players.”
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