Former Liverpool midfielder Didi Hamann says that although the Reds potentially winning both the Carling Cup and FA Cup this season is a good sign of improvement, he worries the club will be left behind if they continue to be unable to challenge for Champions League places.
The Reds look set to not qualify for next season’s Champions League, leaving a gaping hole in revenue yet again and Hamann has reiterated how important it is to be part of Europe’s elite.
“It will be the second year running that Liverpool don’t play in the Champions League [It will actually be the third season]. You need to play in the Champions League to give yourself the best possible chance to succeed in the future. We know how much money is involved in the Champions League.
“If they don’t get in the Champions League this year, I worry whether Liverpool gets in the Champions League next year, because if you were ever going to get back in the Champions League I thought this was the time to do it.
“Not doing it for a second year running, it will obviously be harder to attract good players because everybody wants to play in the Champions League.”
Liverpool last qualified for the Champions League in 2009, exiting at the group stages of the 09/10 season.