By Dominic Toner
Brendan Rodgers believes that Liverpool can qualify for the Champions League this season.
Liverpool slumped to an eighth-placed finish last year and as a result will have no European commitments to contend with.
“I think Liverpool this season have made some good signings and that, along with the possibility to work more, gives them a great chance of qualification for the top four,” Rodgers told the Express.
“It reminds me very much of the season when we finished runners-up, 2013/14, where you want to be in Europe, but if you don’t have European football you have the possibility to work even more on the training field and work with the players much closer.”
Rodgers’ time at Anfield was cut short last October due to their form and current boss Jurgen Klopp replaced him mid-way through the season, guiding Liverpool to two cup finals which they lost to Manchester City and Sevilla.
Klopp has already been busy in this transfer window securing Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum, Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan, Loris Karius, Alex Manninger and Marko Grujic, whose £5million transfer was agreed in January.
Liverpool have never lifted the Premier League title since it’s foundation in the 1992-93 season but came closest under Rodgers, finishing just two points off champions Manchester City in the 2013-14 campaign.
Since then Rodgers has moved on to Scottish giants Celtic and will be aiming to go one better and clinch a domestic crown.
The Merseyside club will face a steep challenge to reach the top-end of the table with Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City all appointing new experienced managers for the upcoming season.
Reigning champions Leicester will hope to replicate their surprising 2015/16 season and North-London duo Arsenal and Tottenham will be expected to battle for the top spots.
In other Liverpool team news, Klopp is the right manager for the club’s youngsters according to the youth team coaches.