Luis Garcia says Liverpool could lose their top players if they fail to make the Champions League
Liverpool sit third in the Premier League – six points off fifth-place Manchester United.
Jurgen Klopp’s side endured a disappointing start to 2017 that saw the club drop away from the title race.
They have six games remaining to secure qualification for Europe’s elite club competition.
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If Liverpool qualify, I'm sure all the top players will stay
And former playmaker Garcia admits some of Liverpool’s top stars could leave the club if they aren’t in the group stage next term.
"If Liverpool qualify, I'm sure all the top players will stay,” Garcia told Reuters.
“Because it's a special club. Playing Champions League for Liverpool, it's very special.
"Champions League qualification is very important. Not because of the players who stay but because of the players who want to come.
“Top players want to play Champions League, all of them."
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has steered the Reds to third in the Premier League this season
Luis Garcia won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005
Philippe Coutinho, linked with Barcelona, is one of the stars who could leave Liverpool
Liverpool were level with Chelsea over the festive period in the race for their first ever Premier League title.
And Luis believes their fall from the front is down to a lack of leaders in the side.
"This Liverpool side lacks players with character like Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, or even Kenny Dalglish in the past," Garcia added.
"We don't see leaders like them much on the pitch. We have amazing talent like (Philippe) Coutinho, (Roberto) Firmino, (Adam) Lallana, (Daniel) Sturridge… so much talent.
"I haven't been in that dressing room but I am sure a Steven Gerrard-like character would be amazing. He would lead the team when things were not going well."