'Rodgers can win the league' - Phil Neal

Published Wednesday, 23 July 2014
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Liverpool Football Club legend Phil Neal has backed Carnlough man Brendan Rodgers to take the Anfield club one step further and lift the elusive Premier League title next season.

Neal is the club's most decorated footballer, who played 650 times for the club, and helped it to win its first European Cup in 1977 and lifted the famous trophy three more times for the club.

He also won eight league titles with the club during - arguably - its most successful ever period.

The former defender was in Belfast for the launch of 'The Official History of Liverpool Football Club', which will be at the Odyssey Arena in September.

Talking to UTV ahead of its opening, he backed current manager Brendan Rodgers to take the team to the league title - something which has eluded the club for 24 years.

He said: "With Steven Gerrard skipping the international duty, he and Brendan will run the show.

"Last year reminded me of the teams under Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan with the seniors holding the line and the youth really taking their chance.

"Last year really was historic, they just kept pushing and I do think this year they can go one better and give the fans what they want."

Talking about the recent departure of last year's star player, Luis Suárez, Neal added: "It's another phase. No-one is bigger than the club - thank you very much, goodbye and enjoy your life."

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Steffan in Belfast wrote (146 days ago):
In my humble opinion Arsenal have improved from last season with Sanchez, United have made good signings plus the Van Gaal effect, Fabregas replacing Lampard and getting a good goalscorer in Costa is massive for Chelsea. Liverpool, despite a few average signings have overall, got worse with the departure of Suarez. If they make a few more signings then fair enough they have a chance, but not at the moment.
allen in bangor wrote (147 days ago):
Martin,how many winners of the Premier League haven't been challenging for the Champions League as well??
Adrian in Coleraine wrote (147 days ago):
No suarez back to mid table am afraid ! Dream on
up the reds in ards wrote (147 days ago):
chris in Belfast, they have as much chance as utd and the rest of them, are you another armchair supporter who knows all?
martin in belfast wrote (147 days ago):
Liverpool's best chance to win the PL was last year when they didn't have the burden of european football. If they progress to the latter stages of the CL I think its a lot to ask for them to maintain a domestic league challenge as well, that coupled with the fact that UTD are bound to be much stronger this season means that Liverpool will do well to retain a top four spot.
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