Jamie Carragher reacts on Twitter to Liverpool loss, demands next season there be a title challenge

Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher is happy for Liverpool to lose more games this season in order to bounce back next year.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says the club must form a clear strategy for the rest of the season, which does not involve qualifying for the Europa League.

Last season the Reds finished in second place, free from the distraction of European football.

This time around, their squad proved under-prepared for the Champions League, and disinterested in the Europa League after dropping down.

A defeat to Hull City has all but ended their hopes of finishing in the top four, and Carragher used Twitter to declare his belief the way for the Reds to bounce back and fight for the title means also missing out on the Europa League.

Currently Liverpool are in fifth place, but are level on points with Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton only one behind, with four games remaining.

The top six will qualify for the Europa League. If Aston Villa win the FA Cup they will do so, but if they lose to Arsenal, then the seventh placed team will take the spot, so the qualification will not be finally determined until the final on May 30.

Liverpool's final fixtures are away to Chelsea and Stoke and at home to QPR and Crystal Palace.

If they do 'escape' the Europa League, Liverpool's ability however to attract the quality of players required, and launch a Premier League title challenge next season, is another matter entirely, but Carragher clearly feels this gives them the best chance.

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