By FOX SPORTS Staff
Swansea's triumph in the Capital One Cup means the Reds could need to finish in the top five to secure qualification into either the Europa League or Champions League next season.
Historically, Liverpool are one of the most successful English clubs to play in the Champions League, but dismal performances in recent Premier League seasons have seen them only able to qualify for the Europa League instead.
However, Liverpool are in danger of missing out on European football altogether next season; the Reds currently lie seventh in the table on 49 points, three points behind sixth-placed Everton and a further four points behind fifth-placed Arsenal. Both teams have a game in hand - and are scheduled to play each other on Tuesday, April 16.
Despite many regarding European football as a pre-requisite for a top club like Liverpool, Rodgers claims the Reds could actually do without having to play in Europe for a season.
"It's a double-edged sword for us," Rodgers was quoted as saying by ESPN.
"We want to be in Europe, the players want to be in there, the supporters want to be in there.
"As a manager, it's a great test, and I really enjoy those games. I really enjoyed the Europa League this year.
"But you could argue that having one season out of Europe would give us an even greater chance next season of really challenging at the top of the league in that top four, because that is a really difficult task now with the number of teams up there, and with the finances involved, that are way beyond what we have.
"This would give us a really good run to do that. But ultimately, we're a club who want to be in Europe. We want to have a squad strong enough to cope with European football and the domestic league and cups.
"We're going to finish as high as we can. If we don't get into Europe, it might be a blessing for us next year.
"But we are certainly a club who want to be in European football."
Liverpool will take on Reading in their next Premier League fixture.