Rafa Benitez in talks with bosses over Liverpool FC's Champions League situation

07 November 2009 05:47
Rafael Benitez has held talks with his Liverpool bosses over the implications if the club fail to reach the last 16 of this season's Champions League.[LNB]Discussions were also held on if the club fail to qualify for next season's lucrative European competition.[LNB]The Liverpool manager revealed today that the club did not budget this term for anything beyond the group stages.[LNB]And Benitez insisted he was confident that financial problems next season will be avoided 'because we will achieve a top four finish'.[LNB]Liverpool have never failed to reach the last 16 under Benitez's management, but they are in grave danger of that eventuality now with qualification from Group E out of their hands after the midweek draw in Lyon.[LNB]They must hope that Lyon win their next match away to Fiorentina, and that Liverpool win their final two group games to produce the 'miracle' Benitez admits they need now.[LNB]Reaching the Champions League next season is also under threat with them currently sixth in the Barclays Premier League, a point behind fourth-placed Manchester City, who are at Anfield on November 21.[LNB]Before that Liverpool face Birmingham at Anfield on Monday, needing to get their current form back on track.[LNB]Liverpool face earning £10million less from their European campaign this season if they do not reach the last 16, with another £10million lost if they do not qualify for next season's group stages.[LNB]Benitez says: 'I spoke to Christian Purslow (Liverpool's managing director) the other day about the finances.[LNB]'The first thing, though, is that we have confidence we can still reach the last 16 of the Champions League this season.[LNB]'But whatever happens, the budget was done for this season based on us only qualifying for the group stages. And we did that, that is complete.[LNB]'Whether we can still bring in more money, we will wait and see. The commercial department is working very hard, for the next season (in Europe) it is a question of time.[LNB]'The Premier League is a long race, we must keep going. I am confident the team will finish in the top four and we are able to continue to do well in Europe, so let's start against Birmingham with the right result.[LNB]'We have to do our job against Birmingham, and then I can guarantee that things will start to get easier.'

Source: Liverpool_Echo