'We will be better next year' - Rodgers

Published Monday, 12 May 2014
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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has issued a warning to his Premier League and European rivals that his side will be better next year and will be aiming for title glory after the Reds narrowly missed out on their first championship success in 24 years.

The Reds were still in with a chance on the final day of the season, when they secured a 2-1 win over Newcastle at Anfield, but had to settle for second place as rivals Manchester City took the three points they needed against West Ham to be crowned champions on Sunday.

Liverpool were the unlikely challengers for the league having started the season as many pundits' outside choice for the title.

However, with four games to go they held the title in their hands and only needed to continue their incredible winning ways to secure championship success for the Merseyside club.

In the end a defeat to Chelsea and a draw against Crystal Palace - after being three goals up with just 12 minutes to play - saw the Reds head into the final game of the season needing West Ham to cause an unlikely upset against City to have any chance of winning the league.

However, Rodgers would not let the heartbreak of the final weeks of the season deter him from the progress Liverpool continue to make under his reign.

"We will improve, we will get better next season," he said.

"It's a young group, we'll add more players, we will be ready to fight again, but we now have the belief."

The return of Champions League football to the club, after an absence of four years, will see added strain put on Rodgers and his team in the next campaign.

We have just finished short, but we'll be back. The goal is to try to win the title next year.

Brendan Rodgers

He added: "Away from home in the big games we have been fine, we just need to be better and more concentrated whenever we are winning other games.

"We have conceded too many goals when we have scored five or six. That maybe ultimately is what has cost us.

"It is very difficult to get into the Champions League. People have invested millions upon millions and it has been difficult to get in there.

"Look at Manchester United, they started the season as champions and finished seventh."

The 41-year-old said he held a feeling of "sheer pride" in his players for their achievements.

"We have finished the season winning 12 games out of 14, drew one and lost one," said Rodgers.

"The players have shown an incredible level of consistency and quality in that period, and obviously over the course of the season to finish second behind Manchester City.

"We would prefer to finish top, but we finished just behind them and that's a great mark of the progress we've made this season."

Club captain Stephen Gerrard said he believed he had at least one more good season in him.

The 33-year-old, who scored 14 goals this term, said: "I can certainly play at this level for another year, for sure because I feel so fit and so strong - even though I'm getting on. But the idea for me is to carry on until my legs pack in. I'll know when the day comes but it's not here just yet."

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4 Comments
Paul in Belfast wrote (169 days ago):
Don't Liverpool say next year will be their year every year ? And its also worth noting this is Utd's first year not in Europe since Liverpool got all English clubs banned from Europe.
norman in belfast wrote (170 days ago):
Adrian in coleraine, stick to knitting as you know nothing about football.
ken in bangor wrote (171 days ago):
Adrian in coleraine, I bet you have never been to a top flight match in England? your another armchair critic who follows utd and wont admit it? get a life and back someone from here doing a great job in one of the hardest leagues in the world.
Adrian in Coleraine wrote (172 days ago):
Dream on ! Chance gone for another 20 years
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