Jamie Carragher has said that Liverpool need to secure a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Brendan Rodgers’s side are in Bulgaria for tomorrow’s Group B clash against Ludogorets Razgrad.
Liverpool have been in disappointing form in the Premier League so far this season, and their performances in Europe have been equally poor.
Heading into tomorrow’s match in Razgrad, the Reds find themselves third in the group with three points from four matches.
Real Madrid have already qualified for the last 16 with four wins out of four, FC Basel are second with six points and Ludogorets are the bottom with three.
“I think if Liverpool qualify it will give everyone a massive lift at the club,” Carragher told Sky Sports. “It will give the players, the staff and supporters something to look forward to in the new year so I think it is very important for them.
“There has been a lot made of getting into the Champions League last season - you don’t want to go out at an early stage so they are huge, these next two games.
“They can’t qualify just through the Ludogorets game but they can put themselves almost there with a good result.”
This is the first time in five years that Liverpool have featured in the Champions League. Failure to make it through to the last 16 will be huge disappointing indeed.