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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers reckons that his side can win the Premier League title this season, and that last season’s near miss will not affect them, reports Goal.
The Reds were closing in on a maiden Premier League success, but slipped up against Chelsea and Crystal Palace in two matches at the end of the season, effectively handing the championship to rivals Manchester City.
Rodgers though claims that his side will be better as a result of the experience.
“There is no depression here, there hasn’t been a hangover,” the Northern Irishman told the Mirror.
“I wasn’t lying on a sun lounger on a beach over the summer crying and fretting over the fact that we lost the league.
“There is only an excitement and a belief inside the club that we can challenge again for the title this time.
“We proved last season that we can handle the pressure of a title run-in. I know people will point to the Chelsea and Crystal Palace games, but they should look, instead, at our last 14 games.
This summer, Liverpool have made a plethora of new signings, bringing in £26m Adam Lallana, £20m Dejan Lovren and £20m Lazar Markovic to name just a few, but have offloaded last season’s Player of the Year Luis Suarez.
Despite the loss of the superstar Uruguayan, Rodgers reckons Liverpool’s form towards the end of the season proves they can secure the title in 2014/15.
“Twelve wins, one draw, one defeat. That kind of form usually wins you the title. So, I know we can cope with the pressure. What we didn’t get was that wee bit of luck you need along the way.
“We just didn’t get the breaks when we needed them most, but I believe that we will be back up there, challenging, and Liverpool Football Club is a very exciting place to be at this current time.
“Last season was a great step forward and now we must believe that we can go one better.”
“If it doesn’t happen this year, then it will happen soon. I really believe that because of what we’re building at the club.”