Manager Jurgen Klopp will need to strengthen his side if they are to be able to compete in the elite European competition. "There are no easy games, even against teams like Middlesbrough on Sunday, who knew their fate".
"It's very unusual because for 75 points we are one point short and of course you can look everywhere where we did drop points".
In the current format, pot 1 contains the Champions League holders and the champions of the top seven leagues based on the UEFA country coefficient (Spain, Germany, England, Italy, France, Russia, Portugal).
We can only hope that Ox keeps developing and becomes a key member of the team in years to come. "I'm going to play the game and try to win the final".
Wenger is out of contract this summer and says he'll confirm whether or not he's staying after Saturday's showdown at Wembley, but Merson thinks his time at the club is up.
"For a few weeks we knew that's the maximum we can achieve and we did it. That is the next step".More news: Donald Trump shoves North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leader aside
That, in turn, may have a positive effect on their domestic form.
"I believe since January we have played in a very hard environment for different reasons", he added.
"There is nothing better maybe in the world".
Wenger defended Kroenke, saying it was not his fault the squad had fallen short, but he admitted that the often toxic atmosphere around the club had been a factor in the worst league campaign of his near 21-year tenure. "Our points total is decent if you look at it over the years".
"Last year we were more Jekyll and Hyde - we could be brilliant one week and bad the next. That's why I still have the desire to continue wanting to win the Premier League title". We should do everything to change this, that's always the way.
The former England worldwide has performed his role without complaint but it is no secret he would rather play in midfield - part of the reason he left City for Anfield was in the belief he would be deployed more centrally.
"I am a Liverpool player and want to be contributing as much as I can for the football club".
He said there had been a "spell" during the season that had been "difficult", adding that it had been "difficult for me in my personal situation".