Evans: 'Take all the positives from last season, but it means nothing now'

Roy Evans says the hard work starts again for Liverpool after an excellent league campaign the previous term.

Former Liverpool manager Roy Evans has said the side must now remind themselves that last season's work counts for nothing, as they look to build on their unexpected second place finish in the Premier League last season.

The club is also returning to the Champions League for the first time since 2009 and are likely to be in for a tough group stage as they will be drawn from pot three, and whilst there a lot of positives to take from a season that produced 101 goals from the league campaign alone, Evans says they've now got to start all over again.

He's quoted in Liverpool's monthly magazine saying: "You have to take all the positives from last season because there are many: the results, the style of football, the number of goals.

"Our original target was qualifying for the Champions League and we did that with games to spare before going very, very close to winning the league. The margin was fine. You have to remind the players of that.

"But you also have to remind them that the reality is: it counts for nothing now. The hard work starts again.

"Just because you were a good team last year, it does not mean you're a good team this year. You have to show the same effort and the same desire. It's not a time to say: we're back in the Champions League - we're good."

Expectations will have risen dramatically following Liverpool's jump from seventh in the Premier League to within two points of lifting their first top flight crown since 1990 and the message seems to be from the former boss not to get carried away with the staggering progress made by Brendan Rodgers in just his two seasons in charge at Anfield.

Liverpool have reached the 80 point mark in the Premier League on three occasions prior to the most recent campaign and two occasions they finished outside of the Champions League places. In 2002 they finished second with 80 points but finished fifth the following season whilst in 2009 they finished in the same position on 86 points, only to finish seventh the following season on 63 points.

The only time they have followed up a strong Premier League season in excess of 80 points by finishing in the Champions League places was in 2007, where they finished on 68 points, but it was still 14 points fewer than the season before. 

However, the did manage to make their second Champions League final in three years following a season where they also won the FA Cup.

Rodgers knows his side can ill-afford such a steep drop in their points tally in the upcoming season, especially given that this season is likely to fiercely competitive when it comes to the Champions League places as the Reds look to at least consolidate their place amongst the elite.

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