"When you're not in it, even though this club is a worldwide, monumental club, 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. In order to get in some of the type of players we want, that's where we need to be and we're 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 (United) will know that."