Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool will be hard to beat in Champions League

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers promises the Reds will be hard to beat in the Champions League next season

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers Photo: The Sport Review

Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool will prove a difficult proposition for any club in next season’s Champions League.

The Reds sealed their return to Europe’s premier club competition with three Premier League games to spare after finishing as runners-up behind eventual champions Manchester City in the title race.

We know that, in the Champions League, if we can perform well away from home, that in the home games, we’re going to be hard to beat because of the supporters and the quality of the team

Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool haven’t played in the Champions League since 2009/10, and the Reds struggled in the Europa League during Rodgers’s first season in charge of the five-time European winners.

But Rodgers, who signed a new long-term deal at Anfield on Sunday, feels Liverpool will have an edge in the Champions League thanks to their historic Anfield stadium and passionate fans.

“It’s a real exciting time. I’ve seen the games before and I’ve been fortunate enough to have been at Anfield on a Champions League occasion and they are truly special occasions,” Rodgers told Liverpool’s website.

“You see the support the players get. We had it in the Europa League, when I sensed a little bit of that atmosphere.

“Of course, it’s a different competition, but when we needed to get the win against Zenit St Petersburg, the supporters that night were incredible.

“Throughout my time here, in the big games, the supporters really show how passionate they are and they show why they are the great set of supporters that they are.

“We’ll really look forward to it. We know that, in the Champions League, if we can perform well away from home, that in the home games, we’re going to be hard to beat because of the supporters and the quality of the team.”

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