Liverpool’s Rodgers: Finishing in top four will be a ‘huge ask’ next season
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits the Reds face a "huge ask" finishing in the Premier League's top four next season
Brendan Rodgers admits it will be a “huge ask” for his Liverpool side to break into the Premier League’s top four next season.
The Reds have been unable to string a sufficient number of victories together in the second half of the current campaign to make a late bid for a Champions League spot.
Liverpool trail fourth-placed Arsenal by 10 points, and Rodgers expects their rivals to improve over the summer to make his side’s task of closing the gap even more difficult.
“It’s a difficult ask [to finish in the top four],” Rodgers told BBC Northern Ireland.
“Look at Tottenham – they finished in the top four last year and spent a lot of money to try and retain their place in there.
“Chelsea, who were the Champions League winners, finished sixth last season. So for us it’s a huge ask. But it’s our goal and it’s where we want to go.
“We want to keep growing and we want to look to win trophies. Next year the important factor is getting consistency in the league in order to move up the table and challenge for the top-four positions.
“If we can do that, then that will keep us pushing on.”
Rodgers replaced Kenny Dalglish at the Anfield helm in May 2012, and the 40-year-old has been forced to contend with a series of testing challenges on and off the pitch in his first campaign at Anfield.
But the former Swansea City manager has lost none of his enthusiasm for the job despite a difficult start to his reign as he looks to restore the 18-time English champions to the top of English football.
“It’s been such a great challenge. It’s a privilege to manage such a great club.
“In football, you’re going to have good days and bad days and I’ve been really pleased by some of the progress that we have made.
“The supporters have been absolutely incredible. Football really is a way of life for them and as a manager you understand that and you fight for them.
“I really hope that the future can be bright for us because I see a lot of good things going on at the club.”