Rodgers admits fears over Liverpool future

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted he is concerned about the club’s future transfer activity should they fail to qualify for the Champions League, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

The Reds, beaten 4-1 at Arsenal on Saturday, are fifth in the Premier League table with seven games to play, seven points behind champions Manchester City, who have a game in hand, to be played on Monday evening at Crystal Palace. Should City take three points against the London club they would move to second place, leaving Liverpool trailing Manchester United by eight points.

Rodgers was asked if losing to the Gunners signalled the end of his team’s ambitions of returning to the Champions League and agreed it did, and lamented the impact the lack of Champions League football would have on the club’s future. “I’m a realist,” Rodgers began. “I think we needed to take something from Arsenal. I would not expect the others to slip up, particularly Arsenal or Manchester United.

“I think most players want to be in the Champions League,” the former Swansea City boss continued. “I think it’s also that Liverpool is a great club. It’s a phenomenal club that players want to play for. But, of course, players want to play at the top level of the game and if you’re not in the Champions League it makes it difficult for you. We know that.

“It’s more frustrating when it comes to progressing as a team. But we just have to continue to fight in order to be a stable club.”

Liverpool ended last season as league runners-up to Manchester City, qualifying for the Champions League as a result. They sold Luis Suarez to Barcelona and signed the likes of Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli, but went out of the Champions League at the group stage after finishing third behind Real Madrid and Basel, and ahead of Ludogorets.

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