Monday, 18th August, 2014

Brendan Rodgers has insisted that Liverpool will thrive on being written off as title challengers, following his side’s 2-1 win over Southampton in their Premier League opener yesterday.

Last season the Reds were tipped to finish outside the top four, but the Merseyside giants defied the odds and nearly clinched the title, finishing just two points behind champions Manchester City.

However, despite their second place finish in the 2013/14 campaign, Liverpool are not widely expected to finish in the top four this term, let alone challenge for the title.

But Rodgers, who admitted his side still have scope for improvement, feels Liverpool will be relishing the challenge to prove their doubters wrong this season as well.

"We believe in the way we work", the manager was quoted as saying by FIFA’s official site.  


"I don't think anyone is giving us any hope of getting in the top four, but that was the expectancy last season as well.

"We love the challenge. We go into that, look to recreate that, by winning games and performing.

“We are bringing in young players who are ready to go in the team, but there is still a lot of improvement."

Liverpool, who won against Southampton courtesy of goals from Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge, will next face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on 25th August.

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