Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers knows that finishing in the top four this season can take Liverpool back into the market for the world’s best players, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.

The Reds are looking good for a top four spot and have even been added to the title race in recent weeks with the form of strikers Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge key.

Anfield has not hosted a Champions League game for over five years and no European football at all this season.

However, Rodgers is desperate to break back into the top club competition in order to attract the very best players to Merseyside this summer.

“You have to plan to succeed,” Rodgers told the ECHO.

“It’s something we are doing already. There is no doubt that if you arrive in the Champions League, it opens up the market to a different quality and type of player.

“We are certainly not complacent but you certainly have to have two plans ready. There’s no doubt that where you finish and whether you have Champions League football can affect you.

“We know what being back in the Champions League can bring us. If we don’t make it there then we will still look to reinforce the squad in the summer and look to make more strides forward.”

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