Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool are in a great position to challenge for the league this year, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.
The former Liverpool boss went as far as to say the Reds are ‘very close, very close’ to winning the League this season despite their bizarre implosion against Bournemouth on Sunday.
“It’s just unfortunate the other day, I thought they were excellent in the first half (against Bournemouth).
You get to 3-1, I’ve had similar games there myself, we looked like we were in control and then you lose them.”
Rodgers also made reference to Liverpool’s title tilt under his tutelage in 2013/14, and how that experience will stand to the more experienced members of the squad.
“The players that were there when I was there have got greater experience now – Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson, Lucas Leiva – these are guys that have been through it.”
In addition the Northern Irish boss was quick to heap praise on Jurgen Klopp, who succeeded him at Anfield.
“As I’ve said, he’s done great Jurgen, he’s got them really working, got them focused and they’ve got big quality in the squad so I’m sure they’ll be in with a great chance.”
Turning his attention to possible transfers however, Rodgers was less effusive in his praise for Liverpool. Klopp has not been known to have a penchant for spotting bargains in the transfer market, and his attention has been diverted to Celtic in recent months.
Moussa Dembele has been one of the jewels in Celtic’s crown this year and it’s hardly surprisingly that he has been linked with, among others, Liverpool. Rodgers, however, was quick to dispel speculation that a transfer was imminent.
“At Celtic, you know how it is. We know how it is. If we get a really talented player there’s probably a cycle of a couple of years with them…. it’s a great platform for them (Victor Wanyama, Virgil van Dijk, Moussa Dembele) to demonstrate their qualities but then the likelihood is they get a better offer, financially, and they move down south.”
“With Moussa, I think that was always going to be the case.”
Colm Egan, Pundit Arena