Ex-Liverpool boss fears Reds will miss out on top four again

Roy Evans believes Liverpool will struggle to break back into the top four next season despite progress under Brendan Rodgers

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Brendan Rodgers has already made four signings this summer Photo: Back Page Images

Roy Evans believes Liverpool will struggle to break back into the top four next season despite showing progress under Brendan Rodgers.

Liverpool finished seventh last term after Rodgers’ first season in charge of the Merseyside outfit, 12 points adrift of fourth-place Arsenal, who pipped Tottenham to the final Champions League spot.

The Reds have already secured deals to sign Kolo Toure, Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto and Simon Mignolet so far this summer.

And although former boss Evans has been impressed by Liverpool’s swift dealings in the transfer market so far this summer, the 64-year-old feels Rodgers’ men will still find it difficult to secure Champions League qualification next season.

Evans told talkSPORT: “I’m pleased so far [with what they’ve done in the transfer market]. The three signings all look to be good young players, and hopefully there’ll be one or two more.

“The problem you have if you’re not in the Champions League positions is you’re not going to attract the top players in Europe. So Liverpool have to look in different regions for up-and-coming talent because Champions League players won’t come to you.

“The plan is to try to get into the Champions League, but everyone else will be spending big money as well and it will be difficult for Liverpool still. You can’t change things overnight.

“Brendan had a decent season last season, and bringing in Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho were two massive buys in January and improved them no end. I hope these new lads can improve them a bit more.

“But it will be difficult with a bunch of young players. It’s always difficult if you have too many young players in your side. You need a blend of youth and experience, and they’ve arguably lost their biggest leader in Jamie Carragher.

“I think they’ll finish sixth.”

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