Uefa insists Liverpool are not guaranteed entry into next season’s Champions League even if they win this season’s competition.

Liverpool could win the Champions League but miss on next year’s competition out by finishing outside the top four league placings.

Uefa communications director William Gaillard does not believe that the competition would become devalued if the holders were unable to defend their trophy the following season.

He told BBC Radio Five Live: “We don’t feel the competition would be damaged or we would have it in the rules.”

Everton currently lie in fourth place, four points clear of their rivals with a game in hand.

Uefa have stressed that it is up to the English Football Association to decide which four teams they enter.

But there are reports claiming the FA’s board confirmed they will enter the top four Premiership teams after a meeting on Thursday.

“It is something we have contemplated and we wouldn’t have a second thought about it,” said Gaillard.

“At the same time we would not be outraged if we were asked to include the winner instead of the fourth-placed team. It is up to the FA to decide.

“For Liverpool to enter the Champions League next year, they have to finish in the top four spots in the English league.

“The rules are clear, but at this stage we are still rather far away from this because Liverpool have to win two games to win the Champions League and there is also nothing to stop them finishing fourth in the English league.

“Our chief executive officer Lars-Christer Olsson was quite clear on this. He said the ruled had been made so that teams would qualify through their national league and this is the way we would like the Champions League to continue.”