Departing Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has urged the club’s board to give Brendan Rodgers the financial support required to build a squad that can compete with the Premier League’s top sides.
Yesterday’s draw with champions Chelsea means that the Reds face an almost impossible task if they wish to break into the top four, and qualify for next season’s Champions League. With two games to go, they sit six points behind Manchester United with an inferior goal difference.
This campaign has been in stark contrast to last year, when the Merseyside club were competing for the title itself with a couple of games left.
According to the Daily Express, Gerrard – who will be joining LA Galaxy at the end of the season – believes that their struggles have been down to the loss of one striker, and the long-term injury problems of another.
“We lost Luis Suarez, we haven’t had Daniel Sturridge available and it’s been pretty tough,” he explained.
Following the promising performance against the Blues, the 34-year-old sees a lot of potential amongst his teammates, but for the club to return to competing for top spot in the table, Fenway Sports Group – the team’s owners – need to back Rodgers in the transfer market by giving him sufficient funds to spend.
“There is a great core of players here, with terrific potential, and the future is looking alright. But it is important that you try and compete with the giant clubs in the league because they are all going to spend big,” he added.