Liverpool boss Rodgers sets sights on 2016 Premier League title

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has set the club the objective of winning the Premier League title next season, Sky Sports is reporting.

The Northern Irishman is currently in his third season in charge at Anfield, and came agonisingly close to ending the club’s long wait for a league success in 2014, losing out to Manchester City by two points in a dramatic final few weeks of the season.

However, this time around the Reds face a battle even to reach the top four, finding themselves in eighth position and five points behind Manchester United, the present occupiers of the final Champions League qualification place. That is despite improved form of late, with only one defeat in 14 matches.

But Rodgers is confident his side can mount a serious challenge for top spot next term. He said: “The reality for us this season was, could we finish in the top four? With so many changes we weren’t going to challenge for the league. We were looking to win a trophy and then come next summer we will be ready to challenge for the title again.

“The squad is looking exciting but needs that time to evolve. If we can get success in a cup competition this year it will provide greater motivation and stimulation for them to stay together and perform.

“Along the way you have to bring in ready-made quality to help their growth. Come the summer time that period of integration should be complete and we can challenge for the title like we did last season.”

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