Last Updated: Fri, 07 Jun 2013 14:14
Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre insists that the club's failure to qualify for Europe will not hinder them in the transfer market.
Despite a strong end to the season, the Reds missed out on both the Champions League and the Europa League after finishing seventh in the table, prompting some criticism of Brendan Rodgers' transfer policy so far during his year in the job.
The Northern Irishman has already set about trying to improve his squad's chances of securing a top four finish next term, with the signing of Kolo Toure on a free transfer from Manchester City, while Iago Aspas looks set to join from Celta Vigo.
Despite their undoubted quality, neither Toure or Aspas are likely to ever set the world alight but Ayre is confident that the club can still attract game's big names and doesn't think their lack of European football will harm them in the transfer market.
"We can still attract top players to Liverpool," he told the Liverpool Echo. "I've never been in negotiations with anyone who has said they don't want to sign for Liverpool because we're not big enough or not successful enough.
"We can still attract top talent. It's about finding the right talent at the right price. The deal has to be right for the club."
With so much competition in the Premier League, the fight for the European places is extremely tight and they may not be strong enough to finish in the Champions League places but with the Reds' squad continuing to improve, punters may instead use their free bet to back them to finish in the top six next season.
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