Gerard Houllier: Rodgers WILL win Liverpool the title because...

Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier believes that Brendan Rodgers will bring the Premier League title to Anfield this season.

The Reds are currently top of the Premier League by five points, as recent slip-ups from Chelsea and Manchester City have left Rodgers' men in the box seat to win the Premier League title for the first time. They face Chelsea next weekend in arguably the biggest game of the season, as a win for Liverpool could all but wrap up the title.

And former boss Gerard Houllier believes that Rodgers will do what the Frenchman couldn't during his six year stay at Anfield - win the Premier League for the first time since its inception in 1992.

"Yes, Brendan will win the title because he has three games and the team has got consistency and a lot of confidence about them. They go forward and will always score goals and they want it so badly that they will finish even stronger," said Houllier.

The former Aston Villa boss has been out of work since leaving Villa Park in 2011, and says that he is a huge fan of Rodgers' management style, praising the job he has done at Anfield this season with so much competition for top spot.

"I very much appreciate Brendan's philosophy and his management and I like the man as much as I like the manager - he is a tracksuit coach and this is what we like in France. Tactically, he is very astute," said Houllier. "I think it is even more difficult to win the title now because you have clubs like Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal who are big clubs with big histories and also sometimes bigger means."

Winning the league would be poignant given the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster, and Houllier believes that it would be the perfect time to win their maiden Premier League title, and Rodgers will have done a superb job to go one step further than Houllier himself and Rafael Benitez did in charge.

"You can't have a better trophy for the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster than the league trophy. I understand some of the players have that on their minds as well." Some of us came close - myself and Rafael Benitez - but we didn't manage to win, so hats off to the players and Brendan, who has led his team marvelously well," concluded Houllier.

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