Rodgers wants strong finish to get Liverpool fired up for next season
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he wants to lay down a marker for next season in their 11 remaining league games
Brendan Rodgers has called on Liverpool to set the tone for next season by finishing off the current campaign in style.
The Reds were dumped out of the Europa League by Zenit St Petersburg last week, leaving Rodgers’s side with just the Premier League to focus on for the remainder of the season.
Rodgers was pleased with the Merseyside outfit’s performance in a 3-1 second-leg victory against the Russian side, despite being denied a last-16 place by virtue of Hulk’s away goal.
And with 11 top-flight games remaining, Rodgers is keen to see his players replicate their Zenit performance during the final months of the season, starting with their trip to Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
“We’re going into the final run-in now and we really want to push on in these last 11 games,” said Rodgers.
“When you play as well as we did against Zenit, of course you want the next game sooner rather than later. But it wasn’t to be.
“We had a period of time to recuperate physically and mentally. The players have been outstanding in training, some of the intensity and quality has been great to see from a coaching perspective.
“I really felt like the Liverpool manager after the Zenit game, having experienced a European night. I was disappointed that we didn’t have more. In the future, we’re looking to be fighting on more than one front.
“Certainly it gives us a reflective period to look at the league and focus solely on that, because that’s ultimately the consistency we want to have.
“If we can come up with that over these closing months, it will provide a springboard for next season. Finish this season as strong as we possibly can, as high as we can, and then we’ll be in a much better place come the summer to really push on.”