Can Rodgers emulate Benitez' greatest achievement at Liverpool?

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Brendan Rodgers will have the chance to try and add to Liverpool's European Cup collection next season.

Regardless of whether Liverpool win the Premier League title this season or not, few can argue it hasn’t been a majorly successful campaign for Brendan Rodgers’ side.

The Reds will embark on a journey in the Champions League next season and despite the fact they are likely to get a difficult group, Rodgers stands an outside chance of repeating the 2005 success produced under Rafael Benitez.

"I walk past the European Cup every day when I walk into the training ground and I know there are another four in the museum at Anfield. That can be pressure but only if you let it be pressure," said the current boss.

Rodgers has proven himself to be a tactically clever boss this season with the way he nullified the Manchester United midfield during the 3-0 win at Old Trafford one of the more recent examples.

He also has the ability to get the very best out of his players, old, young, experienced or inexperienced.

He gets them playing at a level above their normal capacity which is important in a competition where the calibre of the sides involved is frequently higher than Liverpool would face domestically.

In terms of his squad, Rodgers has most of the important boxes ticked at the moment.

Liverpool have firepower up front in the form of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez, he has experience in the middle with Steven Gerrard and he has leadership at the back through Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger and Kolo Toure.

He’ll need to work very hard this summer to bring in players capable of improving the current crop of stars as they look to repeat Liverpool’s most significant piece of recent success.

Rodgers has brought well already during his short career at Anfield with the combination of Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho costing him £20 million, with the pair turning into two of his most important players at the moment.

It’s important Rodgers can buy a high calibre type of player this summer and the sort of player who can walk straight into the team as soon as there’s a significant injury or suspension.

He’s already had experience with the latter, forced to do without Suarez at the start of this season as he served out his suspension for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.

Make no mistake about it, winning the Champions League with Liverpool will be extremely difficult for Brendan Rodgers but the foundations of what he’s created will only get stronger and give him a very good chance.

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