Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: Top four was a huge challenge

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers revels in the Reds's top-four finish after a season of improvement at Anfield

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers Photo: The Sport Review

Brendan Rodgers has expressed his delight that Liverpool were able to overcome the huge challenge of securing a return to the Champions League.

The Reds booked their place in the group stage of Europe’s premier club competition with three games to spare courtesy of a 3-2 victory over Norwich City at Carrow Road in April.

It was a huge challenge, purely because of the size and greatness of the club

Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool manager Rodgers had targeted a top-four finish as the club’s main priority at the start of the season, but the Reds ended up challenging Manchester City for the title.

“I left pre-season in a good moment, finished with a real team spirit and at that point we were clear we wanted to fight for a Champions League position,” Rodgers told Liverpool’s website.

“It was a huge challenge, purely because of the size and greatness of the club.

“It was five odd seasons since we had played at that level and the investment that goes in, and what teams were spending to try to get in there, never mind stay in there, was obviously significant, so for us we knew it would be a big challenge.”

Liverpool finished in second place behind City, with Chelsea and Arsenal securing the final Champions League spots.

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