Saturday, 26th January, 2013

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that it will be "difficult" for the Reds to finish in the top four this season.

From being ranked as the number one team in Europe by UEFA as recently as 2009, Liverpool have suffered a decline, registering Premier League finishes of seventh, sixth and eighth in the last three seasons.

Rodgers was brought in to succeed Kenny Dalglish, who was sacked by the club’s American owners for finishing eighth, and given a brief to return to the side to the Champions League.

The Reds are currently seventh in the standings and face a tough month of fixtures.


On 30th January, they travel to Arsenal, before then making the trip to Manchester City. Next come West Brom, while the Europa League then returns, with a two-legged clash against Zenit St. Petersburg, with Wigan coming after that and then a visit from Tottenham Hotspur.

And Rodgers has gone a long way towards admitting Liverpool may not finish in the top four this season, hinting it is a difficult task.

"We want to win a trophy", he told his club’s official site.

"Of course, we want to progress in the league and get into those top four positions.

"It’s going to be difficult this season for us to do that but we’re certainly going to fight in order to get there."

Liverpool are next in action tomorrow, when they face Oldham in the FA Cup.

Rodgers would welcome Liverpool getting their hands on silverware. The club reached the final of the FA Cup last season, as well as winning the League Cup.

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