John Barnes has no fears about Liverpool’s future after title collapse
Liverpool legend John Barnes is confident the Reds can build over the summer and challenge for the league title next season
John Barnes insists he has no fears about Liverpool’s future, despite their recent collapse in the Premier League title race.
Manchester City need four points from their remaining two games to be crowned champions after Liverpool suffered a 2-0 loss to Chelsea before the Reds squandered a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 at Crystal Palace on Monday.
But two-time top-flight winner Barnes is confident that Liverpool can continue to build during the summer transfer window and challenge for a first-ever Premier League crown again next season.
They have improved immeasurably understanding what the manager wants in the last year, and that will only improve and get better again
“I have no fears about Liverpool in the future,” Barnes told The Sport Review.
“I’m not saying they are going to win the Premier League [next season] but they will be competitive.”
Barnes also praised manager Brendan Rodgers for improving Liverpool duo Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling immeasurably over the course of the campaign.
PFA young player of the year nominee Sterling has been a shining light for the Reds after scoring nine goals and making five assists in 32 Premier League appearances.
And Barnes feels Henderson was sorely missed in midfield alongside captain Steven Gerrard after the Reds managed to collect only a point from their last two top-flight games.
“I think [he was missed] in terms of his mobility and energy. Who would have thought that last year? It shows how much he has come on and the work Brendan Rodgers has done with Jordan to make him the player is,” Barnes added.
“Raheem Sterling is the same. He has improved immeasurably in the last three months. Before, he was always a good dribbler, but he has an appreciation of how to play and to pass, and when to dribble rather than dribbling all the time.”
Barnes continued: “It shows the work he has done and the work of Rodgers. They have improved immeasurably understanding what the manager wants in the last year, and that will only improve and get better again.”
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