Brendan Rodgers suffered the most humiliating defeat of his managerial career on Tuesday night, but the new Celtic boss was still man enough to talk about the 1-0 defeat against Lincoln Red Imps on talkSPORT this morning.
The Northern Irish coach, who insisted after the match that there was “no embarrassment” in losing to the Gibraltan part-timers, also spoke about his former club Liverpool.
Rodgers was asked how he reckons the Reds will perform in Jurgen Klopp’s second season at Anfield - and the 43-year-old said he believes his former employers, due to their lack of European football, could even challenge for the 2016-17 Premier League title.
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“I think Liverpool have a great chance this year,” Rodgers told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “Liverpool and Chelsea don’t have European football and that’s a huge advantage for you, where you can prepare your team all week for just the one game every week.
“Of course, you’ll have domestic cup games in between that, but I think Liverpool will have a good chance this year.
“But it will be very competitive with the coaches that have come into the Premier League, that makes it exciting and I’m sure it’ll be a fantastic season.”
Liverpool are sixth favourites to win title
Liverpool are currently the bookmakers’ sixth favourites to win the title, behind Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City.
Last season the Reds finished eighth in the table, 21 points behind the eventual champions Leicester City.
Klopp handed new six-year deal
That they showed glimpses of brilliance during the campaign and managed to reach the finals of both the Capital One Cup and the Europa League meant Liverpool chiefs handed Klopp a six-year contract extension last week.
The charismatic German coach, hugely popular amongst the Anfield faithful, is now tied to the Merseyside outfit until 2022.
More ins and outs expected
Klopp has already sealed deals for Sadio Mane, Loris Karius and Joel Matip this summer, but it’s expected that several players will leave Anfield before the new season gets underway.
Mario Balotelli, Jordon Ibe and Christian Benteke are poised to depart the club over the coming weeks - and more could follow them out of the exit door at Anfield.
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