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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers claims lack of Champions League berth will not harm push to sign top talents

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers doesn’t think that a lack of Champions League football will stop the Reds from being able to sign top class players, reports the Daily Mirror.

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The Merseyside club currently look likely to not qualify for the competition for next season as they are currently in sixth place and seven points off Manchester City in fourth. Should they beat Newcastle United on Monday night the gap will close to four points, but it would still take the Citizens slipping up twice for Rodgers’ team to be able to get in to the top four.

Key player Raheem Sterling has been stalling over a new contract with the club, and they missed out on signing Alexis Sanchez last summer to Arsenal. However, the Northern Irishman denies their absence from Europe’s premier club competition will put prospective signings off.

He said: “Liverpool will always be an attractive offer for players, whether we are in the Champions League or not. People think you cannot attract players if you are not in the Champions League, but Liverpool will always be a huge attraction.

“That’s not just because of the history of the club, but also because of what we are trying to do here. Players will look at us and see a team and squad evolving, and they will want to be a part of that.”

With club captain Steven Gerrard leaving the club in at the end of the campaign, Liverpool will need to bring in a replacement or two.

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