Brendan Rodgers backs Liverpool for Champions League place

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers at the end of the match

The Reds are expected to challenge under Jurgen Klopp next season.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers at the end of the matchCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers at the end of the match

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has told BT Sport he is backing former club Liverpool to fight for a Champions League place this season.

The Reds are expected to do well under Jurgen Klopp next season after he led them to two cup finals in his first season in charge.

They have indicated they intend to compete with their work in the transfer window, as Klopp has brought in no fewer than seven new faces to Anfield so far.

Liverpool manager Juergen KloppLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp

They will face a fight to secure a Champions League place though given the work that the rest of the challengers have done so far.

Rodgers believes they will be challengers though as they don’t have the added games of European football to contend with.

"I think Liverpool have a great chance to qualify this season," he told BT Sport.

“If you don't have European football you have the possibility to work even more on the training field.”

“[They] have made some good signings and that, along with the possibility to work more, gives them a great chance of qualification for the top four."

Liverpool manager Juergen KloppLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp

The fact that Liverpool don’t have European football to contend with next season certainly does stand in their favour.

It is a factor Rodgers is acutely aware of, with his Liverpool side benefitting from that extra rest back in the 2013/14 season when they ran Manchester City extremely close for the title. 

Klopp will not likely be eyeing the title next season, but he will certainly be hoping for a similar boost to the one that side enjoyed.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers before the matchCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers before the match

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