Carra unfazed by fourth spot failure

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher insists that the Champions League is not the be all and end all for the club and that failure to qualify for next season’s European elite tournament is not the end of the world.

The Reds look unlikely to finish fourth in the Premier League after a miserable season, looking set to settle for the Europa League, in which the Reds have got to the semi-final stage this season.

But Carragher says whatever happens, Liverpool will be back bigger and stronger to compete next time round.

He said, “If we don’t get there we will just come back next season.

“People are saying if we don’t get there that will be us as if we will never get there again. That is nonsense.

“If we don’t get there this year, I’m sure we can’t be as bad next season as we have been this.

“The Champions League is a big thing, you want to be in it and the revenue it generates is a massive thing.

“But who knows what the future will bring? We are a massive club and we will get back in it next year, I am sure of it.”

Liverpool currently sit in sixth place in the league, six points behind fourth place Manchester City, with 4 league games of the season to go.