Liverpool vice captain Jamie Carragher believes the absence of European football next season, could be a blessing in disguise for the club.
The 33-year-old defensive stalwart admitted he was disappointed not to have secured Europa League qualification for the Reds, but was quick to point out that it may benefit their league ambitions next year.
"We would rather have got in the Europa League but it's not happened and we have to look at the positives," he said.
"The main thing for us next season is getting back into the Champions League. Not being in Europe will give us a better chance of doing that. We want to get back in the top four and do well in the cups.
"Playing Thursdays and Sundays isn't ideal so there's a flip side to not being involved."
Despite Liverpool's upturn in form since the arrival of Kenny Dalglish at Anfield in January, the Reds lost their final two games in the Barclays Premier League, condemning them to a sixth placed finish.
However, recent performances from a revitalized Reds side, has given fans on Merseyside renewed hope and plenty of reason for optimism ahead of next season – a belief echoed by Liverpool's No.33, Jonjo Shelvey.
"I believe next season will be a big one for Liverpool," he enthused in an interview with LFCTV.
"There is always big expectation about Liverpool FC but we have got the King in charge and I'm confident.
"There is a buzz about the club under Kenny and it shows in every game we play. It's just immense for me to be working with someone like him."
Carragher confirmed, "It's gone well since the manager came in and we have got plenty to be positive about (next year).
"When Kenny came in we would have bitten someone's hand off to finish sixth."
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