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Liverpool aiming for Champions League qualification

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers claims he has built a team capable of qualifying for the Champions League.

The Reds have not played in the competition since December 2009, during Rafael Benitez's last season in charge.

Rodgers has succeeded in bringing in four summer signings so far which include goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, defender Kolo Toure, midfielder Luis Alberto and forward Iago Aspas.

And now, Rodgers believes his squad is ready to end their four-year absence from the Champions League.

He said: "I think it’s the measure for you. It will always be for any manager here. The measure is always the Champions League.

"But I believe we can have a real push this year. It’s going to be very tough - even tougher, when you look at the clubs who are already in there.

"They’ve been in there for a number of years and reinforced their groups, so it’s going to be a very, very tough ask.

"But I believe - with the mentality in our group, in our work, in our focus - that we’ll be in with a chance this year.

Rodgers also hopes to achieve this with or without Luis Suarez.

“There’s nothing to be said that hasn’t been said before. I’m sure it’s great for you guys [the media] but I’m sure people are fed up hearing about it and reading about it," he added.

“My only concern is the players that are available. From the first day we were back[for pre-season] the players have worked tirelessly. Out of respect to them I only want to talk about them.”

Liverpool's second fixture of the 2013/14 Premier League season seems them travel to Paul Lambert's Aston Villa on Saturday. 

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