Liverpool transfers: ‘Reds paying the price for missing out on top four’

Liverpool transfers: Former Reds midfielder Peter Beardsley says the Merseyside outfit are paying the price for missing out on top four

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Peter Beardsley says Liverpool are paying the price for missing out on Champions League football in the summer transfer market.

The Merseyside outfit look set to miss out on Brazil international Willian after the 25-year-old completed a medical at the north London side on Wednesday.

The Anzhi Makhachkala midfielder is the latest in list of targets who have opted against moving to Anfield, including Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Diego Costa.

However, Liverpool have managed to keep hold of Luis Suárez, who scored 23 Premier League goals last term, despite Arsenal’s attempts to sign the forward.

And former Reds midfielder Beardsley reckons the five-time European champions are paying the price for finishing in a disappointing seventh place last term.

“I think it comes down to Champions League football,” Beardsley told the Liverpool Echo.

“That’s where the top players want to play. I know Spurs aren’t in it but the big appeal they have is being in London. Foreign players will always be drawn to that.

“It’s difficult because you need top players to get into the top four but you need to be in there already really to attract them.”

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