Rodgers - Manchester United could become the next Liverpool

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes that should Manchester United fail to qualify for the Champions League, it will seriously hurt them.

Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers has heaped pressure on Manchester United ahead of a vital game between the teams at Old Trafford tomorrow.

The Red Devils are currently nine points behind fourth place Manchester City in the Premier League table – with Manuel Pellegrini’s men having played two games less.

The top four has become Manchester United manager David Moyes’ last priority for this season, and they simply have to beat Liverpool on Sunday if they are to stand any chance of climbing the league and make a late charge into the top four.

The Liverpool boss is quoted in the Daily Mirror about his own club’s problems in bringing in the quality needed to take the club to the next level.

He said: 'This club is a worldwide club, monumental, but we found it difficult because the best players want to play in the best competitions.

'This was Liverpool and we weren’t in the Champions League and to get in the type of players we want, that’s where we need to be and trying to be.

'Any club will suffer the same when they’re not in there. There is no doubt it will hurt you but they (Manchester United) will know that'.

Rodgers added: 'I was reading a Jan Molby interview talking about the great Liverpool teams. He said when they missed out, one year became two - and then all of a sudden it was 20 years.

'This was Liverpool, one of the biggest clubs in the world, but it can get away from you very quickly'.

The message to Manchester United is clear: failure to participate in next year’s top European competition could take years to recover from. And this makes victory against Liverpool on Sunday a must.

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