Liverpool can reach Champions League, insists Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes his side can finish in the top four of the Premier League this season and reach the Champions League, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

The Reds are currently third in the table, two points behind league leaders Arsenal ahead of their trip to play the Gunners on Saturday evening. Liverpool have been absent from the Champions League since 2009, and Rodgers feels the match with Arsene Wenger’s side will give a clear indication of where Liverpool stand.

Saturday is a good benchmark for us,” Rodgers said. “We have shown that we have quality in the team, that we’ve got a winning mentality, which is important, and that we can consistently bring that to the table.

Rodgers added: “Saturday won’t be the be-all-and-end-all in terms of whether we can make the top four or not, but I think what we have shown so far is that we are going to be in the conversation.

I believe we are in a good moment. We have started the season as we would have wanted – strong. We are putting a marker down that we’re going to be consistent. I think we can only get better and improve.

Liverpool last won the Champions League in 2005, beating Milan on penalties after a 3-3 draw. They reached the final again a few years later against the same opposition but were beaten on that occasion.

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