Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool are a ‘long way’ from title challenge

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers warns Reds fans that the Merseysiders are still a long way from challenging for the league

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Brendan Rodgers replaced Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool manager in May Photo: WBUR, via Flickr

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Brendan Rodgers admits Liverpool are “a long way off” mounting a Premier league title challenge and insists the Reds’ immediate goal should be improving on last season’s eighth-place finish.

Rodgers’ men fought back from a goal down to earn at draw at Chelsea on Sunday to leave the Merseysiders in 13th place in the table, with just one win from their last five league outings.

The Northern Irishman, who took over from Kenny Dalglish in the summer, insists the club cannot dwell on its past successes and must focus on building for the future.

“The reality is that we are a long way off in the league and I’m not even going to use the word ‘challenging’,” Rodgers told ESPN.

“You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to see that. We finished eighth last season and it will be fantastic if we can improve on that. That’s the reality of where Liverpool are, I’m afraid, and it can’t be easy for our supporters to accept that.

“We all know of Liverpool’s great history but we can’t keep looking backwards in the rear-view mirror. We have to look forward.”

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