Former Liverpool star Stan Collymore has explained the importance of the Champions League for Liverpool in his column for Bleacher Report.
Collymore suggests a top four finish is everything for the Reds this season, as they look to maintain the impressive momentum, which was built up around the club last season.
He’s also suggested that not finishing in the Champions League could also have an impact on Liverpool’s ability to attract the best players in the transfer market.
“Mario Balotelli would probably not have joined Liverpool if they weren't in the Champions League. He hasn't performed, but that tells you how important it is to offer top-tier European football if you want to attract big names,” wrote Collymore.
“Liverpool are therefore under serious pressure to achieve a top-four finish.”
Liverpool have two ways into the Champions League next season because if they struggle to match the pace of the top four challengers in the Premier League, there is also the route provided by the Europa League.
Whichever side wins the Europa League will gain a place in the Champions League for next season so there are options for the side.
It will be difficult because there are some very good teams in the mix for a top four finish such as Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
“I see the top-four battle coming down to a fight between Liverpool and Manchester United. I fancy United to nick it.”
United are benefiting where Liverpool did last season; they’re playing once a week, aren’t in Europe and therefore have plenty of time to rest between matches.
It’s important to remember that Liverpool are currently fighting for silverware on four fronts and although a title shot seems distant this season, success in other competitions could give Brendan Rodgers’ team the confidence and inspiration they need to prove Collymore wrong.