Former Liverpool forward Stan Collymore has predicted what might happen if his old side don't finish in the top four.
Former Liverpool forward Stan Collymore suggested on talkSPORT yesterday what he feels will be the biggest downside for his old club if they don’t get into the Champions League.
Liverpool are fighting for a place in the top four and while defeat against Manchester United at Anfield hasn’t helped the situation, the side are still in with a good shout of doing well.
The Champions League is vital to clubs for a variety of reasons, but Collymore has suggested why it’s vital for the Reds.
“The Champions League is going to be vital for Liverpool in terms of keeping their younger players – look at Raheem Sterling’s situation for example,” said Collymore.
The Guardian recently reported that talks over a new deal for the winger have reached a deadlock stage to be resumed at the end of the season.
The main sticking point is thought to be a difference over the terms in the deal, with Sterling hold out for a higher wage packet, which he feels he’s worth.
Liverpool’s chances of offering him what he wants would be greater with Champions League football in the bank.
It would create extra finances, which make things like improved wage deals more possible and also provides a higher platform and standard of European football for players to perform on.
It will be interesting to see how things pan out if Liverpool finish outside the top four.