'Rodgers can win the league' - Phil Neal

'Rodgers can win the league' - Phil Neal

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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