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Liverpool: Champions League qualification out of reach
Liverpool had a successful week in the domestic cups, beating Manchester City on aggregate in the Carling Cup semi-final and Manchester United in the FA Cup but it is little tonic in a disappointing season for Kenny Dalglish.
Domestic cup success is not enough
As third highest spenders this season, behind Chelsea and Manchester City, a level of expectation is certainly higher than their seventh place position at the moment. Liverpool have also scored as many goals (25) as 19th-placed Wolves, who they face on Tuesday evening.
Granted, a cup run is a great achievement and a step in the right direction but needs to challenge for Champions League qualification if they are to be considered a top English club. It seems unlikely that Liverpool can beat out Chelsea, Arsenal and Newcastle for the fourth and final Champions League spot by May 13th.
Liverpool, a history of success
If Liverpool beat Cardiff at Wembley on February 26th it will be their first trophy in six years since the 2006 F.A. Cup. Simply put, it’s been a barren run for the five-time European Cup winners.
One may argue that a possible domestic cup win would propel Liverpool on to greater things, but that top level European qualification will be in the 2012/13 season at the earliest. Manchester City managed the Champions League qualification last season after substantial investment but if Liverpool end up with a domestic cup then the enthusiasm may be slightly tempered.
Tottenham’s financial results in 2011 showed the club’s revenue increased 49% during the six months that followed their qualification in the 2009/10 season – it’s vital for Liverpool’s growth.
As John Henry, the club’s principal owner, said in August 2011: “[But] our main goal is to qualify for the Champions League. If we don’t, it would be a major disappointment.” A club like Liverpool needs to be competing with Europe’s elite.
Here’s an excellent article (written in May 2011) from The Swiss Ramble on Liverpool’s strategy and need for Champions League football to exploit the global market