Liverpool transfers: Brendan Rodgers admits summer concerns

Brendan Rodgers admits that Liverpool could struggle to attract top players to Anfield this summer

Brendan Rodgers admits that he is concerned that Liverpool could struggle to attract the top players to Anfield this summer if the Reds miss out on a place in the Champions League.

Rodgers’ side suffered a severe blow to their hopes of qualifying for Europe’s elite club competition when they suffered a 4-1 loss to Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

The defeat left Liverpool fifth in the Premier League table and seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester City heading into the final seven games of the season.

And the Northern Irishman concedes that it will be harder for the Merseyside outfit to attract the star names to Anfield without Champions League football.

Speaking to BBC Sport after Saturday’s disappointing loss at The Emirates, manager Rodgers said: “Liverpool is a phenomenal club players want to play for, but players want to play at the top level.

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“If you are not in the Champions League it makes it difficult for you.”

He added: “We always felt this year was going to be difficult, that was the reality of it.

“Our run last year nearly brought us the title. We lost a world-class player and lots of other developments happened within the club.

“But it is frustrating that we got ourselves in a position over the last three months, very close, to then come up short in the past two games.”

Liverpool’s next game is their FA Cup quarter-final replay with Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday night. The Reds then take on Newcastle at Anfield on Monday 13 April.

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