Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool can ‘absolutely’ finish in the top four this season, despite a nightmare start to the 2014-15 campaign.
The Reds have already lost six matches this season – the same number they suffered during the entire 2013-14 campaign – but Rodgers believes his side is still capable of qualifying for the Champions League.
“I have an inherent belief that we can still make the top four – absolutely,” he told reporters. “I know what we are all capable of here. For whatever reason, it hasn’t happened for us yet but I said to the players the other night our standards will go up after the game against Ludogorets [a 2-2 draw].
“Thankfully no matter how we have been, we are still within touching distance and that is the initial aim. Fourth and then moving forward. If that is the aim – and we are only five points off it – then that gives me belief we have every chance of doing it.”
“All I can do is my best and I will continue to do my best,” he added. “I have faith in my methods and a way of working.
“We have been given a different deck of cards and, as a coach, I have to do what I think gets the best out of them. I have methods, a belief and a philosophy but you also have to get results. I am not a fantasist.”