Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has backed his side to challenge for the Premier League title next year, despite looking to increasingly likely to miss out on the top four this season, Mirror Online reports.
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After coming extremely close to winning their first league title in over two decades last season, the Reds were never in the running to go one better this year and are clinging on to faint hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.
The departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona in the summer has seen the Anfield outfit struggle in front of goal this campaign and for long spells they have been without the services of Daniel Sturridge, who has been plagued with injury problems all season.
But despite those problems, Rodgers remains defiant and is tipping his squad to come back stronger next season and have a say in the title race once again.
“It’s a mark of how the club has moved forward that there’s such disappointment we weren’t challenging this year,” The Northern Irishman told reporters ahead of the game against Hull City on Tuesday night.
“Of course it’s been disappointing not to have had a challenge. But we have great hope we can really push on again. I have absolutely no doubt it will happen.” he stressed.
A win for Rodgers’ side against the Tigers would see them close the gap to fourth placed Manchester United to four points with four games left.