Barring a collapse from two of the London clubs, and a near perfect run in form for Brendan Rodgers’ side, Liverpool look set to miss out on the Champions League spots this season. Although it wasn’t a realistic target to set in the Northern Irishman’s first year in charge, there will still be fans mumbling about how they miss playing against Europe’s best.
With seven games left in the season, Liverpool should be aiming for 6th place. Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea are fighting it out for 3rd and 4th, as Manchester City should have the quality to hold on to 2nd. This means one of the three London clubs that misses out on the Champions League spaces will take 5th place and will play in the Europa League next season.
So Liverpool’s realistic target should be 6th place, which would mean finishing above Merseyside rivals Everton. But in the summer, Rodgers will need to strengthen his side in the summer if they do want to make a push for the top 4.
Rodgers will have a shortlist of players that he will consider buying in the summer to strengthen Liverpool’s Champions League chances.