Liverpool 'better than Rodgers expected'

Published Tuesday, 25 February 2014
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Carnlough man Brendan Rodgers has confessed his Liverpool side are doing better than he expected at this stage in his career with the Merseyside club - having only set the goal of challenging for the Champions League in his third year at the helm.

Liverpool 'better than Rodgers expected'
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. (© Getty)

Speaking exclusively to UTV Media plc-owned talkSPORT, Rodgers insisted he wasn't surprised by the progress made though, given the effort put in by his players.

While there is no room for complacency, Liverpool currently sit fourth in the Premier League table - six points clear of Tottenham in fifth and only four behind leaders Chelsea.

"I think we've probably moved ahead of where I thought we would be this season," Rodgers told talkSPORT's Kick Off.

"Some of our play has been exceptional, but there are still areas of the team that I feel we need to improve on."

Rodgers accepted an offer to take over the reins of the Anfield club in June 2012, replacing Liverpool legend 'King' Kenny Dalglish.

At that time, the club hadn't secured a top-five finish for three years running and, during that time, they only once made it to the group stages of the Champions League.

It's been a wonderful season - to be in our position with 11 games to go is fantastic. But there's still a lot of work to do.

Brendan Rodgers, LFC

"When I spoke to the owners when I decided to come to Liverpool, I certainly wanted to be challenging for the Champions League by my third year at the club," Rodgers said.

Now, just over a year-and-half into the job, hopes of European football sooner rather than later aren't unfounded. No one's getting carried away yet though - certainly not Rodgers.

Despite his side having led this season's league at times, and having recently regained form after a New Year slip, the Carnlough native continues to downplay the chance of a title.

Rodgers is always keen to stress the work that still needs to be done.

"We're only looking at the next game," he said.

"We've got great confidence and great belief, but we also have elements of our game we need to improve on."

Rodgers added: "There are other teams above us who are favourites to win it and are more equipped than us to win the league - they've been in that position before.

"All we can do is just continue to do our best. We're in a really good position at the moment, but there's still an awful lot of work to do before we can think about winning anything."

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John in Derry wrote (295 days ago):
Spot the man utd fans above lol. Cup side? Umm check the table... 2nd in the league. Take 3 players away from Man U and they would be fighting relegation. Sturridge is hungry for more. Just need to sort the defence out, add some cover and we'll be unstoppable.
Iain in Belfast wrote (303 days ago):
Yeah sure thing. Can't wait to see how well they do next season when they have to juggle europe with the league. A cup side, nothing more, nothing less. Take 3 players from that team and they are ordinary.
y.n.w.a in ards wrote (305 days ago):
he has got them playing the best they have been playing in years, we still need a couple of players and he is the man who can bring glory back to the reds, good luck Brendan.
Adrian in wrote (305 days ago):
They will blow up last few games of the season same old same old ! Wait till sturridge throws the towel in lol
Jonny in Glengormey wrote (306 days ago):
Keep up the good work Brendan, good to see a Northern Ireland man managing one of the best sides in Europe. Champtions League football this season is a must and we can look to next season to win those games we should have won this season YNWA - Northern Ireland LFC supporter
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