Sitting in 13th position in the Premier League, Liverpool’s season so far has been one of impressive draws against Chelsea and Manchester City, two league wins against Reading and Norwich, and a mixed bag of other results.
If we haven’t realized it already, this is not your father’s Liverpool. This is a once giant football club that has to focus on bringing through talented youth to keep the club afloat in the league. Brendan Rodgers is doing the best with the tools he has available. And yesterday he tried to manage the expectations of Liverpool supporters.
Here’s what he had to say:
“We finished eighth last year. If we can improve on that, it’ll be fantastic for us. That’s the reality of where Liverpool are I’m afraid. I knew it would be a difficult year given the expectancy in Liverpool. But our young players will get better and better.”
“They’re very educated, Liverpool supporters. It can’t be easy for them. Most of us know Liverpool and its great history, but we can’t keep looking in the rear view mirror and looking back. The supporters are being very lenient with myself and the team, and I’m sure they’ll be frustrated sometimes, but their support has been incredible.”
“The reality is we’re a long way off in the league. “I’m not going to say the word ‘challenging’. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to see the squad. These guys are giving me everything. Look at Chelsea, with Eden Hazard and their investment.”
“If you’re not going to have a massive investment to make it happen quickly, you have to develop it. That’s where we’re at. Those players don’t come cheap, and there are not too many available in January either.”
What’s your opinion about what Rodgers has to say? Is he speaking the truth, or can Liverpool be doing better with what they have? Have your say in the comments section below.
Here are today’s Premier League news headlines:
- Brendan Rodgers says finishing seventh will make it a ‘fantastic’ season for the club — The Telegraph
- ‘No panic’ at QPR but Mark Hughes is fast running out of time — The Guardian
- Wilfried Zaha and Carl Jenkinson are called up by England for Wednesday’s friendly — BBC Sport
- Manchester United’s Robin van Persie out of Holland game — Manchester Evening News
- Arsène Wenger alone believes Arsenal can win title now — The Independent
- John Terry suffers knee ligament injury on return from ban — The Guardian
- Carl Jenkinson signs new deal at Arsenal — The Mail
- Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool project starts to take shape against Chelsea — The Guardian
- Moyes resigned to losing Fellaini if Everton fail to finish in top four — The Independent
- Jonjo Shelvey has withdrawn from the England squad due to injury — Liverpool FC
- Tottenham’s André Villas-Boas loses tactical battle at Manchester City — The Guardian
- West Ham flying high but will fans learn to love Sam Allardyce? — The Mail
- Carlos Tevez criticises Gary Neville for ‘a conflict of interest’ — The Guardian
- Kevin Mirallas will undergo a scan early this week on the hamstring injury — Liverpool Echo
- Frank Lampard to join Chinese club Guizhou Rehne, according to reports — The Guardian
- Gay rumours ruined my England chances, claims Ian Bishop — Manchester Evening News
- West Bromwich Albion are riding high but Steve Clarke remains cautious — The Guardian
- Faustino Asprilla in talks to join Newcastle United coaching staff — Off The Post
- James McClean’s decision not to wear poppy was his own, say Sunderland — The Guardian
- Roberto Mancini says Man City have rediscovered their title-winning spirit — The Mail
- Nigel Adkins adamant that youth can lead Southampton to safety — The Guardian
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