Former Liverpool midfielder Didi Hamann says Liverpool could benefit from not qualifying for the Europa League next season.
Should Spurs beat Birmingham City at home on the final day of the season, they will finish ahead of Liverpool – in fifth – and grab that Europa League place.
But Hamann says a season with less fixture congestion could do Kenny Dalglish’s men the world of good.
He told talkSPORT, “For the development of Liverpool a season without European football won’t do them any harm. If they finish sixth I don’t think Kenny will be too unhappy about that.
“Dalglish has done really well because the club was going backwards. Things didn’t work out for Roy Hodgson and he said he didn’t have the backing. Kenny was the man the punters wanted and they’ve gone from strength to strength.
“It was a very shrewd move to get rid of Torres and bring in Suarez and Carroll. They are only two or three players short of having a competitive team next year.
“The only downside is people have been saying in the past that if it doesn’t work out we’ll bring in Kenny. But if it doesn’t work out this time, where are they going to go?”