The Champions League qualifications and permutations seem to change every year.

And even a fourth place finish may not see the Reds end up in the lucrative Champions league group stages this year.

Here鈥檚 how Liverpool can qualify, and what will happen if they do:

Like in Germany and Spain, the top three in England will automatically qualify for the group stages of the competition.

If Liverpool finish 4th, they will enter the 4th and final qualification round, which would take place between August 15 and 23. That鈥檚 likely to be the first mid-week after the Premier League opener.

From next season, fourth place will automatically qualify for the Champions League group stages.

Liverpool fans on the Spion Kop hold up a banner reading 'We're not English We Are Scouse' before the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg match against Chelsea at Anfield in 2007 (Pic by Andy Teebay/Propaganda)

There is only one way Liverpool would not make the competition despite finishing in the top four. No association is allowed more than five teams in the competition, meaning if Leicester City and Manchester United win the 2016/17 Champions League and Europa League respectively, then the Reds would be bumped into Europe鈥檚 second tier competition.

Here鈥檚 all the dates you need to know

August 4: Draw for 4th qualifying round

August 15 -16th : Qualifying round first leg

August 22-23rd : Qualifying round second leg

Former Real Madrid captain Manuel Sanchis , shows the name of Liverpool, who will play Group B, uring the UEFA Champions League draw at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco.
Former Real Madrid captain Manuel Sanchis , shows the name of Liverpool, who will play Group B, uring the UEFA Champions League draw at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco.

August 24 : Draw for group stage

September 12-13 : First match of the group stage

May 26, 2018 - Champions League final in Kiev

Each group has one team from each of four pots. Pot one consists of the reigning Champions League winners, and the champions from each of the top seven associations based on their 2016 UEFA country coefficients.

Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp reacts following the English Premier League football match between Stoke City and Liverpool at the Bet365 Stadium

Pots two, three and four are seeded based on each side鈥檚 2017 UEFA club coefficient. Liverpool are currently ranked 34th on UEFA鈥檚 club coefficient list, below all of the current contenders for the top four spots in the Premier League.

With six matches remaining, do you think the Reds can make it?

Liverpool鈥檚 remaining fixtures:

- West Brom (A)

- Crystal Palace (H)

- Watford (A)

- Southampton (H)

- West Ham (A)

- Middlesbrough (H)