By Dominic Toner

Ex-Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes his old club have a good chance of lifting the Premier League trophy this season.

Due to the eight-placed finish last season it means the Merseyside club will have no European commitments to juggle alongside the league.

He told talkSPORT: “I think Liverpool have a great chance this year. Liverpool and Chelsea don’t have European football and that’s a huge advantage for you, where you can prepare your team all week for just the one game every week.

“Of course, you’ll have domestic cup games in between that, but I think Liverpool will have a good chance this year. But it will be very competitive with the coaches that have come into the Premier League, that makes it exciting and I’m sure it’ll be a fantastic season.”

Current boss Jurgen Klopp has already been busy in the transfer window securing Sadio Mane, Joel Matip, Loris Karius and Marko Grujic, whose £5million transfer was agreed in January.

The race for the title seems to be as close as ever with six or seven teams believing it could be their year, and the return of charismatic manager Jose Mourinho as well as a first English season for Pep Guardiola has set up a fascinating season.

Liverpool have never lifted the Premier League title since it’s birth 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.

His first competitive game got off to the worst possible start on Tuesday losing to semi-professional side Lincoln Red Imps, prompting Celtic legend Frank McGarvey to label them as the worst group of players in the history of the club.

In other Liverpool news, a key player is set to miss the Premier League opener after an injury scare.