Rob Jones: Liverpool must prioritise top-four over winning silverware

Former Liverpool defender Rob Jones says it is vital the Reds finish in the Premier League's top four next term

Rob Jones says Liverpool must prioritise finishing in the top four ahead of winning a cup next season.

The Reds are facing a season without Champions League football at Anfield after Brendan Rodgers’s side finished in sixth place in the Premier League last season.

Not getting in the top four and winning a cup wouldn’t be good enough. We have to get in the Champions League

Rob Jones

Liverpool have struggled to attract big names to Merseyside in the past five years after having qualified for Europe’s premier club competition just once in five attempts.

And former Reds defender Jones underlined the importance of playing in the Champions League in terms of Liverpool’s ability to lure the best players to the club.

Speaking to The Sport Review about Liverpool’s targets for the 2014/15 season, Jones replied: “You’ve got to say top four.

“All the top clubs need Champions League football to get players in for even next season.

“Top four would be brilliant but we can’t have a slow start. The team has to be positive all season.

“Not getting in the top four and winning a cup wouldn’t be good enough. We have to get in the Champions League. That’s where the money is.”

Liverpool have signed six players in the summer transfer window, including the £29m arrival of Roberto Firmino from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim.

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The Reds have been linked with a £32.5m move for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke following the departure of Raheem Sterling to Manchester City.

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