Liverpool’s success last season counts for nothing, warns Roy Evans

Former Liverpool manager Roy Evans tells Brendan Rodgers's men that they will need to start against next season

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers Photo: Back Page Images

Roy Evans has warned Liverpool that their form last season counts for nothing ahead of the new campaign.

Brendan Rodgers’s men were narrowly pipped to the Premier League title by Manchester City on the final day of the season, although the Reds secured a long-awaited return to the Champions League.

Just because you were a good team last year, it does not mean you’re a good team this year

Roy Evans

Whilst Evans believes Liverpool can be encouraged by their performances in the 2013/14 campaign, the former manager urged the Reds to start the hard work again ahead of the new season.

“You have to take all the positives from last season because there are many: the results, the style of football, the number of goals,” Evans told Liverpool’s magazine.

“Our original target was qualifying for the Champions League and we did that with games to spare before going very, very close to winning the league. The margin was fine. You have to remind the players of that.

“But you also have to remind them that the reality is: it counts for nothing now. The hard work starts again.

“Just because you were a good team last year, it does not mean you’re a good team this year. You have to show the same effort and the same desire. It’s not a time to say: we’re back in the Champions League – we’re good.

“Even when you win something – even the league – that has to be the message if you want sustained success. It counts for everyone at the club: the players, the staff and the fans.

“The focus has to be on the job in hand, looking forward and not backwards.”

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