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Rodgers: Top four a huge ask next season

2 May 2013 14:58

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes finishing in the Premier League top four next season will be a "huge ask".

The Merseyside club have failed to challenge for UEFA Champions League qualification this term, and trail fourth-placed Arsenal by 10 points with three games remaining.

But Rodgers is not confident that his side will improve sufficiently in order to completely close that gap next season.

"It's a difficult ask. Look at Tottenham - they finished in the top four last year and spent a lot of money to try and retain their place in there," he told BBC Northern Ireland.

"Chelsea, who were the Champions League winners, finished sixth last season. So for us it's a huge ask. But it's our goal and it's where we want to go.

"We want to keep growing and we want to look to win trophies. Next year the important factor is getting consistency in the league in order to move up the table and challenge for the top-four positions. If we can do that, then that will keep us pushing on."

The Northern Irishman also outlined his plans for the upcoming transfer window, praising the club's owners Fenway Sports Group for their backing.

"It will be our job in the summer to add more quality to the squad. The owners have been absolutely great from day one, ever since I met them," he added.

"They are trying to put something in place that is going to be sustainable. We know that at the top end [of the table] you have to spend money, but we won't have the resources that other clubs have.

"So we're trying to build our way there. A lot of our work is going to be in terms of our coaching and making the players better. We know that we need to have some experience in there as well and that hopefully can help project us forward again."

Rodgers could go toe-to-toe with Jose Mourinho next season after the Portuguese hinted on Wednesday that he may return to England.

The 40-year-old worked under the Real Madrid manager during their time at Chelsea and says he will always be thankful for the experience.

"When I worked with Jose I had a great experience. He put a lot of trust in me as a young coach to work with top players," he continued.

"He encouraged me and gave me that belief that I could go on and become a manager. But until you actually step out there [into management], it's a different ball game altogether.

"I've been very fortunate to have worked with some fantastic people in football. Alan Pardew, whose side we faced at the weekend, is a friend of mine. He was manager at Reading when I was there and I learned things from Alan.

"One of my strengths is I learn and I like to learn from all sorts of people in all walks of life. I try to implement my own ways of making teams successful."

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