Barnes: Not even Mourinho would be able to achieve this at Liverpool

Liverpool legend John Barnes has suggested his old club need to play down their expectations for next season.

Liverpool legend John Barnes told talkSPORT that he feels the Anfield club are facing a massive challenge to compete in the Premier League next season.

Barnes is wary of over expectation at the club and claims that even Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho would struggle to get the Reds competing for the top places in the Premier League.

“Do you really think that with this current squad, any other manager would be able to do better? – Not even Jose Mourinho would be able to get Liverpool into the top two for next season,” he said.

Two years ago, Brendan Rodgers nearly guided Liverpool to the Premier League table, which has created a standard and a benchmark that he will always be looking to replicate or better.

The absence of Luis Suarez in the club’s attack hit the side hard last season and they weren’t able to maintain the consistency needed to break into the top four.

It’s important that expectations heading into next season are realistic, with the main aim being for the side to get back into the Champions League.

That won’t be easy because all of the teams that finished ahead of Liverpool last year will improve their squads to keep themselves ahead of the chasing pack.

However, Rodgers is already under a little bit of pressure because he’s been publicly backed with deals for James Milner and Danny Ings, with more arrivals likely to come over the coming weeks.

It’s vital that Liverpool are raring to go when the competitive action gets underway again in August and it’s important that the club’s aims for next season are kept realistic.

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