Rodgers rules out Liverpool from Premier League title race
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits his side is no longer in contention for the Premier League title. However, the Anfield boss is confident his side will have an impact on the title hunt, as Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea continue their pursuit for silverware.
Rodgers claims he will be happy if Liverpool manages to acquire a Champions League berth. A 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday at The Hawthorns Stadium left Liverpool with an eight-point deficit from the Premier League leaders Arsenal.
Arsenal are heading to Anfield to play against Liverpool this weekend, but Rodgers believes a win wouldn’t bring back the hopes of Reds winning the Premier League title. Rodgers understands that Liverpool’s primary challenge now would be to keep the fourth spot safe from Everton and Tottenham Hotspur.
Everton is only one point behind Liverpool and Tottenham is only two points away. Manchester United are currently positioned seventh, but they too are threatening to make a run for a Champions League berth.
“I think for us, as a team, it's too early for that,” Rodgers said about winning the league title. “I was at the Manchester City-Chelsea game the other night and I look at the squads they have, which they have built up over the last few years, and it's very difficult for us even though we have competed right the way through the season.
Rodgers added that Liverpool didn’t have much chance of winning the Premier League title this season, but they could contend for it in the next one.
After the 1-1 draw with West Brom, Rodgers told Sky Sports on Sunday that if Liverpool manages to qualify for the Champions League the Reds will be ahead of schedule in process of building a team and reemerging as one of the top teams in Europe.
“Will we play a part in it [the title race]? Yes, we will, because we are professional and we want to fight to finish as high as we possibly can,” Rodgers said. “We look it and there are six points between us and [second-placed] Chelsea, so there is still a lot to play for and we will be fighting right until the very end. But, if I'm asked to give an honest answer, I'd probably say that this year is too soon for us.”