Liverpool fell just short of winning their first league title in 24 years, but the Champions League group stage is a fine consolation prize. And boss Brendan Rodgers was adamant that being in Europe’s top club competition would make it miles easier for Liverpool to secure its top targets.
“The owners have been great,” Rodgers said. “They’re winners themselves. We want to work it in a way that makes the club sustainable and I think we’ve clearly shown that it’s about the top quality.”
“It’s also about being strategic in those signings as well, bringing in the right players. It’s key for me that I can speak to the owners like that,” he added. “The big lure will be Champions League, that’s what I’ve found in my conversations with agents and people. The best players want to play in the big competition. That’s the fight and I certainly found that last summer but we’ve put Liverpool back on the map.”
“Everyone sees that we’re going to be a threat; that we’re going to go into Europe next year and we’ll have no fear. We need to pay attention in terms of the teams we’ll be playing against, but we’ll have no fear. That’s what top players want, to play in teams where they can show their talents,” Rodgers continued.
Rodgers was also signed to an extension, keeping him at the club reportedly until 2018. He quickly expressed his honor at doing so and his thanks to his staff and management.
“I am both humbled and privileged to be offered the chance to extend my stay at this great club,” he said
to the club’s website. “I am very happy to build on the foundations we have built over the last two years and now we move onto the next phase which I believe will be as exciting, challenging and rewarding.”
“I would like to place on record my thanks to the players and staff, who have been absolutely brilliant for me since the day I started at this great football club. I am grateful to our owners and senior management team who have supported me and who share my vision of how we can progress on the field,” he added.
Liverpool finished runners up in the Premier League two points behind Manchester City, but with Champions League obligations next season, it will be a very different season.