Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been defending his clubs prestige.
Rodgers and his side are currently on a preseason tour of Asia, but after losing Raheem Sterling to Manchester City for $75 million earlier this week, the Liverpool boss had to answer some pretty tricky questions about the Anfield clubs ability to attract top players.
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According to Rodgers that will never be a problem for the Reds, even though the likes of Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Sterling have all left over the past 12 months.
“Players are always going to want to come to Liverpool,” Rodgers said. “I’ve said it before and I’ve said it many times. I think it’s such an iconic club, it’s a great club. The challenge for us is to get back in amongst the top teams in this division and hopefully that continues to attract players.”
Rodgers has now been in charge at Anfield for three seasons and is about to enter his fourth. The Northern Irishman came agonizingly close to delivering the Premier League title in 2013-14 and finished seventh in 2012-13. But after a sixth place finish last season and several new signings struggling to find their feet following a group stage exit in the UEFA Champions League, Rodgers appears to be facing his biggest challenge yet as a manager.
Three seasons without silverware is a big deal for Liverpool and many fans are questioning whether or not some of their new signings live up to the prestige of the Merseyside club. James Milner, Nathaniel Clyne and Danny Ings are all proven in the PL, while Roberto Firmino is a prodigious talent, but replacing the likes of Suarez, Gerrard and Sterling will be very difficult as Liverpool aim to challenge for a top four spot next season.
There is no denying Liverpool’s successful history and huge fanbase, but after 25 years without a league title and over three years since their last trophy, the pressure is building on Rodgers to back up these kind of claims.