Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has declared his team out of this season’s title race with 14 matches remaining.
The Reds haven’t won a league title since 1989/90 and Rodgers feels it is beyond them again this season, as they sit fourth, eight points off leaders Arsenal.
“I think for us, as a team, it’s too early for that,” The Independent cites. “It’s very difficult for us, even though we have competed right the way through the season.”
The Northern Irishman played down his team’s chances, despite Liverpool having to play Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea, the three teams sat above them, all at Anfield during the Premier League run-in.
“If I’m asked to give an honest answer, I’d probably say that this year is too soon for us. Will we play a part in it (the title race)? Yes, we will, because we are professional and we want to fight to finish as high as we possibly can.”
Liverpool possess one of the deadliest strike-partnerships in the league with Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez, whose 37 Premier League goals between them have kept the Reds in the hunt for the title until now.
Fans will hope that their manager is cooling talk of their chances to ease some pressure on the front pair for the final games, in their quest to finish as high as possible.
However, if Rodgers is playing down his side’s title chances, he will at least be hoping that the Merseyside club can finish in the top four and return to the Champions League for the first time since 2009/10.
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