Liverpool are set to miss out on a place in the Champions League group stages after failing to qualify for the last 16 of Europe’s premier competition.
A disappointing 3-1 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday left the Reds out of the knockout stages of the competition after finishing second in the Premier League last season and having qualified via the play-offs in the previous two years.
Despite being a part of the Europa league, Liverpool have been relegated from the Champions league for the second time in a decade after failing on their way to the Champions Cup final in 2018.
Manager Brendan Rodgers, who had hoped to keep the Reds in the competition and even lift the Champions trophy for the first time in six years, was left looking for a solution and he has now been forced to give up the chance of lifting the Europa trophy after losing to Manchester City in the knockout stage.
Rodgers admitted that the Reds had no hope of qualifying for next season’s Champions League and he said that his players had to accept that the club would have to play in the top division next season if they want to be part of next season.
“The Premier League is a fantastic competition,” he said.
“If you go through it, you get to know the competition.
It’s not easy, it’s very difficult.
We don’t know what the level of competition is.
It is a tough competition.
If we’re going to win the title, we have to go through that.”
The club will be hoping that Liverpool will qualify for next year’s competition in order to get a better chance of reaching the last four of Europe, but it will not be enough to secure a spot in next season\’s Champions League.
Liverpool had hoped that they would qualify for Europe next season, but they have already been relegated once from the competition, with the first-leg defeat to United at Anfield making them the first side to drop out of Europe in a generation.
Rodger admitted that his team had a tough start to the season and had lost some of the players who had been part of their successes in recent years, including defender Adam Bogdanovic, who has scored eight goals in 19 appearances.
“There are some injuries, a lot of the squad has been injured,” he added.
“But we have a group of players who have had a good season.
We are not just missing a few players.
There is a group that has been here for a long time and are all working hard and it is good to have them back.”
Rodgers, however, said he did not expect to see any new players in the squad for the Champions title.
“We have players who are coming back from injury and will be ready for the next match,” he admitted.
“For now, we are looking forward to the next game.
It has been a tough year, but we are ready for next game.”