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Rodgers claims Liverpool owners will want the title.

Brendan Rodgers warns Jurgen Klopp that Liverpool owners expect to win the title

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Brendan Rodgers came within inches of winning Liverpool’s first league title in 24 years during the 2013/14 season.

His side, boasting the likes of Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling and Steven Gerrard, lost out on Premier League glory by just two points.

It was the most memorable campaign at Anfield for many years but a Gerrard slip against Chelsea and a collapse at Crystal Palace which saw them draw 3-3 after leading 3-0, meant Manchester City pipped them to the title by two points.

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Despite leading the club so close to their 19th top-flight triumph, Rodgers was dismissed as manager 17 months later.

The following season after their title charge, after losing Suarez to Barcelona, Liverpool finished sixth and Rodgers began this season disappointingly, languishing in mid-table.

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Expectations

Rodgers was replaced by Jurgen Klopp last October but the German has failed to have an immediate impact during his five months his charge.

Whilst Rodgers rates his successor highly, he issued a warning to Klopp that the Liverpool owners will eventually want him to win the title.

"They have a very good manager in Jurgen Klopp in place," Rodgers told the Belfast Telegraph.

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"It's going to take time to bed in his methods and how he wants to work. He has some very good players there.

"The expectancy, of course, is to win the league. We went very close in my time and obviously Jurgen will go in and feel that he can improve on that and that's why the owners made the change.

"They felt they wanted to improve and to improve on runners-up would be to win the league, but it's going to take time. I'm sure the owners will give him that time, he added.

Rodgers' next job

Rodgers has been out of football since his dismissal as Liverpool’s but last month claimed he’s turned down five job since getting sacked from Anfield.

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But the former Swansea and Reading manager is now ready to get back into management after having an extended break from life in the dugout.

"I have taken time to reflect on my period at Liverpool, an incredible club, which I thoroughly enjoyed," he said.

"Hopefully, when I go into my next job, I will be all the better for the rest and for the reflection.

"I want to work, I am relatively young as a manager at 43. I will go in with a real hunger and desire to do well."

Liverpool vs United

And the Northern Irishman also discussed the upcoming clash between Liverpool and Manchester United.

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The two rivals meet in Europe for the first ever time with the first-leg of their last-16 Europa League tie at Anfield on Thursday.

"I was always pleased to be involved in those games as the manager of Liverpool," he admitted.

"There's that rivalry between the two cities, in every aspect - economically and obviously football wise.

"It will be tight, but Liverpool are coming off the back of good results so they will go into Thursday's first leg with confidence.

"United will feel, having done the double over Liverpool, that they also have a good chance. It will be tight."

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