Rodgers wants Liverpool back in the Champions League

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that anything less than Champions League qualification would not be good enough, reports The Mirror.

Rodgers has been forced to slash the wage bill at Anfield and many believe that will likely see Liverpool slide down the Premier League table, but Rodgers remains adamant that the club will not lower their ambitions.

The history of the club is something which generally generates big expectations, and Rodgers said that he wouldn’t have it any other way. He also said that Champions League football is a measure of any managers’ success at Anfield – and he wants to build a solid foundation for the day he moves on and another man takes the helm.

He said: “The measure of Liverpool will always be the Champions League and the big European competitions – for the length of time I’m here and when I move on for the next manager coming in,” he explained.

“I can stand here and make excuses, I can say City have spent £90 odd million and other teams already in there have got stronger and reinforced as a group, but that’s not going to solve anything, it won’t help my job here.

“If you start to think about it being unfair then you just anchor yourself and it’s hard to move on then. That pressure to deliver is what you expect at a big club, of course it’s difficult, but it’s why we are here.

“If you are in those top echelons you can maybe attract another type of player but I’m not going to bleat and moan about it being unfair, I just need to get on with the job and do the best I can.

“We have got to fight for our life, with our play. Play with the type of football that can maybe be different and get players in who are hungry.”

Rodgers has added to his squad by signing Kolo Toure on a free transfer, Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas for undisclosed fees and Simon Mignolet from Sunderland for a reported £9m.

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