Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in action
Liverpool winning the race to finish in the top four gives them a major boost in their efforts to sign Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Liverpool clinching qualification came at the expense of the Gunners, and Liverpool can now laud their superiority over Arsenal in order to try and clinch Oxlade-Chamberlain's signature.
It is a sign the tables are turning, after four years ago Arsenal tried to pick off Liverpool's top star.
Former Liverpool star Luis Suarez
The Gunners had a high profile and ultimately fruitless pursuit of Luis Suarez, and had hoped to lure the Uruguayan with the promise of Champions League football.
Liverpool were angered by what they saw as an insulting approach from Arsenal, an infamous £40 million plus £1 offer which they hoped would trigger his release clause.
Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gestures
Now it is the Reds who are in the position to be the aggressors, by chasing a player manager Arsene Wenger considers integral to his plans when he is fully fit.
A £35 million offer would be no insult, in fact it is flattering to Oxlade-Chamberlain considering his injury history.
If it had been switched at Liverpool finished fifth and Arsenal fourth, they would have no chance of signing the England international.
Their win over Middlesbrough on Sunday clinched them a top four place and provides an opportunity for them to exert their advantage in the transfer market, by putting Arsenal in a tough spot by turning one of their players heads.