Can Liverpool FC finish above Arsenal and Tottenham next season?

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If the Reds can get the better of the Premier League’s north London duo, then a place in the Champions League beckons, argues Matthew Glazier of

Manager Brendan Rodgers believes that the club have made real progress during his first season in charge at Anfield, with the supporters largely inclined to agree with the Liverpool boss despite a slightly disappointing finish of seventh place.

As per last season, the team’s home form has let them down and eight wins from eighteen matches simply isn’t good enough to land a top four position in the Premier League, although there are reasons to be optimistic that Liverpool can significantly improve from August onwards.

Away from home, the Reds have fared a little better and actually go into the final round of Premier League fixtures as the team who have scored the most goals on the road this term, slightly tempered by the fact that they have also conceded more than the six clubs above them in the table.

Rodgers is clearly intent on an attacking philosophy which fits neatly into the Liverpool ‘pass and move’ ethos; with the supporters wanting to see their team producing entertaining football although there will be more expectation in terms of results when the manager embarks on his second season.

It is clear that it took the northern Irishman a little time to inject his tactics into the squad last season, while the Liverpool boss was also handcuffed as far as signing new players was concerned, at least until January when Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho arrived.

The success of the duo should encourage FSG to stump up more readies in the summer for a handful of new players that can complement the squad that is already in place, with Rodgers looking to make sure there is cover in every department.

Perhaps there will be a power vacuum at the top of the Premier League thanks to both Manchester clubs and Chelsea changing their manager, although the latest bookmaker odds suggest that this trio will lead the way, leaving Liverpool to scrap it out with Arsenal and Tottenham for fourth place.

The Reds are 13/8 with Ladbrokes to claim a Champions League spot next term. Ladbrokes have lots of odds already available for the 2013/14 Premier League season and by using the Ladbrokes promo code MAXIMUMBONUS, ensures that you get £30 in free bets when you register a new account this summer.

Certainly the target for Rodgers will be to ensure his team are ahead of the north London duo in the final standings next season, with a top-four finish very much the target, although the manager might privately feel that a title push could also be in the offing.

As Rodgers explains: “Only two teams have lost the number of games we have (three) in 2013, Man United and Tottenham.

“We’ve been making steps in the right direction but the reality is very simple.

“We’re 30 points behind the leaders and 12 points behind fourth place, so we’ve still got a lot of work to do here.

“I’m very hopeful from what I’ve seen of the mentality.

“That’s our job in the summer – to get the right types of characters in to build that winning mentality. That will allow us to turn a lot of our draws into victories and I believe that will push us into that top four”.

While the atmosphere of a Champions League night at Anfield is like no other, the supporters will hope that the team’s winning mentality can not only push them into the top quartet of the Premier League but also see them challenging for an honour that has eluded them since 1990.

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