Liverpool ahead of schedule under Brendan Rodgers, says ex-Chelsea man
Former Chelsea legend Pat Nevin says Liverpool still have work to do to become an established top-four side
Liverpool are still ahead of schedule under manager Brendan Rodgers, according to former Chelsea midfielder Pat Nevin.
The Reds have seen their bid for a fourth-place finish tail off in recent weeks after back-to-back defeats by Manchester United and Arsenal.
Suddenly, they do look a good little distance from the top-four teams
Liverpool finished as Premier League runners-up last season and qualified for the Champions League for the first time since 2009.
Although Nevin feels Brendan Rodgers is still ahead of schedule at Anfield, the former Scotland international reckons the Reds have work to do to catch their top-four rivals.
“I’d still stand by his side and say he has done really well,” Nevin told Newstalk.
“Liverpool are still further ahead than I thought they would be under Brendan Rodgers since he took over even though he has spent a huge bunch of money.
“I thought they’d probably end fifth or sixth. Next season, he will have to get the team challenging right to the end of the Champions League spot.
“There is a lot of reliance on Raheem Sterling. Sturridge has faded a little bit. Suddenly, they do look a good little distance from the top-four teams.”
Liverpool crashed out of the FA Cup on Sunday after a 2-1 defeat by Aston Villa in the semi-final at Wembley.
The Reds are seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester City ahead of their trip to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
Rodgers is still to win a trophy since the Northern Irishman was appointed as manager at Anfield in May 2012.