Liverpool morning news: Ex-boss says Reds can win title, Rodgers shuts door on Reina return

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A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Friday morning.

Former manager Gerard Houllier has said this current Liverpool side could deliver their first league title for 24 years.

Houllier won a famous cup treble at Anfield, and came close to delivering the title in 2002 when they finished 2nd, seven points behind eventual winners Arsenal.

In an interview with the Daily Express, Houllier said: “This year they can do it. If you look at some of the games, they have Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham at home and the way they are playing at Anfield they will be confident. Sunderland and Newcastle too.

“I’m not putting pressure on them, but they have a good chance. Anyone in the top four can win the title.”

Current manager Brendan Rodgers seems to have shut the door on any possibility of on loan goalkeeper Pepe Reina playing for the club again.

Rodgers is quoted in several newspapers, saying: “He wrote a goodbye letter didn’t he? I was surprised a loan player wrote a letter. I would suspect that he should come back but obviously Pepe made it very clear when he went to Napoli that he was looking to move.

“He penned a great big letter saying he was going to work with the best manager that he’d worked with and thanked us for his time at Liverpool. So for me it probably sounded like he’d made his decision there.”

The Reds’ boss also told the media yesterday that defending is a collective effort after a poor defensive display in their 4-3 over Swansea City last weekend, which took the total number of goals conceded in the league this season to 35.

Rodgers said: “We didn’t defend well enough as a team last week. We didn’t press the ball well enough at the top of the field.

“We didn’t keep the ball well enough, we didn’t make enough passes. It was a more collective issue than any individual. We need to defend better as a team.”

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