Finland, Norway and Sweden are currently positioned to get an extra spot in the Europa League but, should England move up the rankings, the Reds could be afforded a place
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says that he does not want to qualify for the Europa League via Uefa’s Fair Play League.
Europe’s governing body awards an extra place in the second-tier competition to the three leagues with the best disciplinary records over the course of a season and England currently lie fourth behind Finland, Sweden and Norway.
The Premier League teams ahead of Liverpool in the rankings – Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United – are all likely to qualify for Europe due to their league placings, meaning that the Reds would be next in line, but Rodgers is not interested, with qualification starting on July 18.
The Liverpool boss told reporters: “It’s highly unlikely we’d get that route, as it is for the top three countries and we are fourth, but it is not something I would be keen on.
“I want to get there through the right means, through our performance level, and if we have to have a year where we are not in Europe it is going to give us an opportunity to push on.”