The Celtic boss is optimistic regarding his former team's chances.
New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is presented to the fans after the press conference
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, still reeling from his side’s 1-0 defeat to Gibraltarian side Lincoln Red Imps in the Champions League qualifying stages, spoke to talkSPORT this morning (13/07/16) about the Premier League title race in the upcoming 2016-17 season.
He was asked whether it was a Manchester shoot-out between Pep Guardiola’s City and Jose Mourinho’s United, but he instead made it clear that former club Liverpool should not be underestimated – and neither should Chelsea:
“I think Liverpool have got a chance this year as well.
New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers poses after the press conference
“If you look at Liverpool and Chelsea they haven’t got European football and that’s a huge advantage.
“I think Liverpool will have a good chance this year.”
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp
Liverpool of course failed to make it into European football next season after a mixed season which ended in defeat for new boss Jurgen Klopp in the Europa League final to Sevilla.
However, since the German took over at the club there has been a renewed optimism at Anfield that had dissipated under Rodgers’ reign – which went sideways after the departure of key players such as Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling.
New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conference
Rodgers, who himself will be hoping to win the Scottish Premiership with Celtic, clearly still has a soft spot for Liverpool after his stint in charge at the club and is hopeful that Klopp can finally bring that evasive Premier League title back to Merseyside.