Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers expects Manchester United “will suffer” if they lose their place in the Champions League.
David Moyes’ side sit sixth in the Premier League ahead of Liverpool’s visit to Old Trafford on Sunday but are nine points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, who have two games in hand.
Rodgers admits player recruitment has been hindered following Liverpool’s exile from the Champions League and believes United will face similar problems if they are not in the competition next season.
“We are 11 points clear [of United] now; if it goes to 14, they can’t do it,” Rodgers told reporters.
“Even 11 is going to be very tough because we are entering into a period where we are stronger.
“Our first job is to consolidate fourth place and then work upwards. That will be the aim.
“We still have a lot of work to get into the Champions League, but when you’re not in it, it’s so difficult.
“This club is a worldwide club, monumental, but we found it difficult because the best players want to play in the best competitions.
“This was Liverpool and we weren’t in the Champions League and to get in the type of players we want, that’s where we need to be and trying to be.
“Any club will suffer the same when they’re not in there. There is no doubt it will hurt you but they will know that.”