Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers: Everton are rivals in top-four race

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes fellow Merseysiders Everton are rivals for a top-four finish this season

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers took charge in May 2012 Back Page Images

Brendan Rodgers believes Everton will be one of Liverpool’s challengers for a top-four finish this season.

The Reds, who are currently two points behind leaders Arsenal, make the short trip across Stanley Park to Goodison on Saturday as they look to extend their recent winning run.

Rodgers failed to beat Everton in his first season in charge of Liverpool, and the Toffees, who are currently sixth, finished ahead of the Northern Irishman’s side last May.

And the 40-year-old expects Roberto Martinez’s men to push their derby rivals all the way in the hunt for a top-four finish and Champions League football next season.

“They’re going to be there challenging, but they’re recent history shows you that,” Rodgers told a pre-match news conference.

“David Moyes did a brilliant job there and they’ve been challenging; they looked like they might have been in line for the top four last season but dropped off a little bit.

“So they’ve been very competitive and up around there for a few years. Roberto has come in and will do an excellent job there.

“We’re similar in terms of our ideas about football. They’ll be a team up there fighting.”

In terms of the clash itself, Red boss Rodgers is expecting a fiercely competitive affair along the lines of the thrilling 2-2 draw at Goodison Park last season.

“It’s going to be a fiercely competitive game,” he added.

“It’s always intense. I really enjoyed the games last season so hopefully we can perform as we did in our recent games.”

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