Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said if they miss the top four this season it will be a one-off.
The Reds lifted the Champions League two seasons ago and have played in Europe’s elite club competition for the last four seasons.
Nevertheless, five of their six European campaigns prior to that were in the Europa League but Klopp played down suggestions that failure to secure Champions League football for next season could lead to a lengthy spell out of the competition.
He said: “This club will not be a regular out of the Champions League – this year is difficult, we know that, but the potential and the power of the club is a completely different one.
“I do not know the team 10 years ago but we are ready for a battle in this era, and with the team we have together.
“Seasons have momentum and we never really got it this year, that is true, but this club is in a really good position.
“In a difficult time obviously, but in a better position than other clubs I would say.
“I obviously did not think about what happened in the past but what I can say is nobody has to worry about the future of the club because it is in good hands and has a really good team together, and so that is obviously the basis for a good future.”