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Liverpool boss Benitez accepts top four finish critical for finances

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez admits they'll be in trouble if a top four finish isn't secured this season.

The Reds face Champions League elimination at the group stage for the first time since Benitez's arrival.

He said: "Not staying in the Champions League will not be a big problem financially because the budget was set only for the group stages. Anything after that would have been a bonus.

"Of course there will be problems if we are not in the Champions League next year - but I believe we will be.

"It is a question of winning one or two games in a row and everything will look different again."

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