Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed he has two different summer transfer window plans of attack for the end of the season.
The Northern Irishman has built a squad capable of challenging for the Premier League title this term, despite not being involved in European football at any level.
Rodgers is under no illusions how important qualification for next season's Champions League could be to the club's long-term aspirations, and he's preparing a list of names should the Reds reach Europe's top table.
However, should things go against Liverpool in the final months of the season, the manager will be prepared with a different list of targets in the window.
“You have to plan to succeed. It’s something we are doing already. There is no doubt that if you arrive in the Champions League, it opens up the market to a different quality and type of player," he told the Liverpool Echo.
“We are certainly not complacent but you certainly have to have two plans ready. There’s no doubt that where you finish and whether you have Champions League football can affect you.
“We know what being back in the Champions League can bring us. If we don’t make it there then we will still look to reinforce the squad in the summer and look to make more strides forward.”
Liverpool are well positioned to return to the competition they won back in 2005, currently sitting in fourth-place in the Premier League - six points ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
And, victory for the Reds in their clash against Southampton later today would move them into third in the table - a position that would avoid the third qualifying round for the Champions League if they could end the season in that spot.
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