Brendan Rodgers has promised that Liverpool will be challenging for the title next season after failing to hit the heights of last season. Liverpool narrowly missed out on the league title for the first time in their history, as they finished only a couple of points behind Manchester City.
They were expected to build on this success, but the club are struggling to even finish in a top four place. This has largely been because of several restructuring in the squad after the exit of Luis Suarez. The club spent more than € 100 million on several new players, but most of them have failed to settle so far.
The club is showing signs of recovering with Rodgers using a different formation in the last few matches. Liverpool are unbeaten in all competitions since the 3-0 defeat against Manchester United in the middle of December. Raheem Sterling has been at the centre of this revival.
Known as the winger, the 20-year-old has been utilised as a striker – in place of the poor Mario Balotelli – during this period and this experiment has paid off extremely well. Rodgers expects to build on this form and start challenging for the title next season. Liverpool are expected to spend on a couple of players like Berahino in January or in the summer.
“This season was always going to be difficult for us. We weren’t going to challenge for the league this year. That was the reality.Next season we will be able to challenge for the league again,” said Rodgers, who also confirmed that he does not expect striker Daniel Sturridge to be part of the weekend’s league match against West Ham. The striker has played just three league matches – due to injuries – this season and he is unlikely to be risked for the weekend.