Brendan Rodgers talks up Premier League title ambitions, saying fourth is not enough
Rodgers declares that his side can make a serious bid for the title as long as they receive some fortune with injuries
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has declared that he will ”never give up the fight” to win the Premier League outright this season and rejected the notion that he would take fourth place if it were offered to him now.
Rodgers said ahead of tomorrow’s home match against Aston Villa that the three clubs above his own in the table – Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea – have “Champions League squads.” But with Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard restored to the ranks and both of those elite sides facing trips to an Anfield which has become a fortress, Rodgers said: “We know that if we have got the fortune to stay clear of injury and whatnot, I would put our team up against everyone. Of course the challenge is to go fourth. Once you can do that, it is about seeing if you can go beyond that.”
Rodgers insisted that Liverpool’s sophisticated passing game did not make them “too nice.” He said: “If you compare us to Chelsea, for example, their characteristics are different. They have a squad that's been built over a number of years and is based on power and strength. We are still in the process of building but you don't go to Stoke and win 5-3 if you're nice.”
Liverpool’s managing director Ian Ayre again hinted at the club’s determination to ensure that Uefa polices Financial Fair Play to prevent wealthier owners than Liverpool’s from gaining an advantage, as he unveiled a new partnership wth the Dunkin’ Brands Group. “In this world of Financial Fair Play [squad development] is only allowable by operating within your own means – that what we signed up to. This team’s history is steeped in Champions League football and European football. That’s our aim. I don’t think we are trying to keep up with anyone. We back our ability. Liverpool is a very special club with ambition.”
Latest in Sport
Pornhub: Cheeky Liverpool fan uploads Philippe Coutinho wonder-goal video to adult website
Liverpool injury news: Brendan Rodgers could be without up to seven players for Burnley game... as Jordon Ibe posts picture of knee brace
Arsenal shareholders Stan Kroenke, Alisher Usmanov and Farhad Moshiri appear on Forbes' rich list - with a combined net worth of £14.9bn
Watch the moment a basketball player reassures a small boy after a mass brawl erupted on court
Jon Stewart brings The Daily Show to WWE Raw as Seth Rollins pays the price for feud with TV presenter
- 1 Home Office says Nigerian asylum-seeker can’t be a lesbian as she’s got children
- 2 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 3 Drugs Live cannabis trial: Hash is less harmful than any other drug, expert claims
- 4 Turkish Airlines flight TK 726 crash-lands on Nepal runway amid dense fog
- 5 Apple and Google users being spied on for a decade because of 'Freak' security flaw
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'