Rodgers congratulates Liverpool players and says this season is only the beginning

Brendan Rogers Press Conference Smiling - 16/02/2014

Brendan Rodgers addressed the media ahead of Liverpool's final game of the season against Newcastle United at Anfield on Sunday.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has congratulated his players on this season’s efforts, even if the Reds don’t end up as champions.

They currently sit two points behind Manchester City going into the final day of the season, meaning they need City to lose, with the Reds needing to beat Newcastle United at Anfield to end their 24 year wait for the title.

Rodgers has also warned that he expects Liverpool to return even stronger next season as players, both young and experienced, have gone through a title challenging campaign.

Speaking at his pre-match conference ahead of Sunday’s clash with Newcastle, he said: “I think that we’ve had a remarkable season. The players have put Liverpool on the world map again in terms of what we’re looking to achieve here as a club.

“The performance level has been exceptional over the course of the season and come Sunday we’ll fight right until the very end. If we win the game and end up not winning the title to finish second to the richest team in the history of sport really shows the measure and the progress that we’ve made here.

“For us, it’s really only the beginning. I’ve had two years here and we’ve been progressing, this year we’ve made a step. I see and hear about other teams that will improve, I think we’ll improve dramatically as well next season.”

Inevitably, Liverpool’s defence was mentioned. Despite scoring 99 goals this season, some have cited the Reds’ defensive frailties as perhaps the reason they could fall short in this season’s title race having conceded 49 goals.

Rodgers has vowed to work on it during pre-season, like he addressed Liverpool’s lack of goals when he first joined the club.

“It’s about concentration for me. We conceded 32 goals away from home.

“If you can’t keep your concentration long enough, you’ll lose your place, it’s as simple as that.

“I look at - and analyse - the game intensely and a big part of it is concentration.

“We’ll focus on that part of our game over the course of the pre-season going into next season.”

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