Liverpool face ‘a long road’ back to the top, warns Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers says the aim is to win the Premier League but warns fans the Reds face a "long road" back to the top

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Brendan Rodgers took over at Anfield last May Photo: Back Page Images

Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool’s aim is to win the Premier League crown but warned Reds supporters that the club faces a “long road” back to the top.

The 40-year-old has endured a mixed first season in charge at Anfield having to contend with a lack of squad depth and Luis Suárez’s ban after taking over from club legend Kenny Dalglish last May.

Liverpool look set to finish in seventh place after a stalemate with Everton on Sunday, but their performances in the second half of the campaign have generated a fresh wave of optimism.

The Reds have won by at least a three-goal margin on five occasions in 2013, with January signings Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge having a big impact.

And Rodgers is hoping to continue the club’s steady progress next season.

“That’s always the aim and we don’t start the season to finish just fourth. For every team and club of this status, that is the ultimate objective,” Rodgers told a news conference on Friday.

“Again, you have to be realistic. The realism is, it was only earlier this season we got two consecutive wins in the Premier League for the first time in over a year.

“It’s something you have to put into perspective as well.

“It’s always the aim to finish at the top. Every big club will go in with that ambition, but we know it’s a process to arrive there and we’re confident next year we can make those steps to keep our progress moving on.

“It’s [first place] where we want to be. We know it’s a long road – but it has to be. That’s the nature of this club. We don’t like being second best and being behind; the history of this club dictates that.”

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