Rodgers targets first next season

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard is dejected
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard is dejected
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants to win the 2014/15 Premier League title after falling just short this year despite a final day win over nine-man Newcastle.

Daniel Agger and Daniel Sturridge scored in the second half to give Liverpool a 2-1 win over Newcastle, who had taken the lead through a Martin Skrtel own goal.

Despite 26 wins and 101 goals, Liverpool had to settle for second after Manchester City got the last day win over West Ham they required to lift the trophy.

Liverpool were five points clear with three matches to go, but a home defeat to Chelsea – thanks partly to Steven Gerrard’s slip – and a 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace handed Manuel Pellegrini’s men the trophy.

But given that they finished seventh last season, Rodgers was happy to end the campaign just two points behind the big-spending champions.

“Congratulations to Manchester City,” the Rodgers said. “My overriding feeling at the moment is one of sheer pride for the players.

“We have finished the season winning 12 games out of 14, drew one and lost one.

“So the players have shown an incredible level of consistency and quality in that period, and obviously over the course of the season to finish second behind Manchester City.

“We would prefer to finish top, but we finished just behind them and that’s a great mark of the progress we’ve made this season.

“We have just finished short, but we’ll be back. The goal is to try to win the title next year.”

Rodgers revealed he tried to inspire his team to victory with the words of a Reds fan desperate for the glory days to return to Anfield.

“I read a letter to the players on the first day of the season from a supporter called Ben,” he said.

“He talked about us getting into the top four and the pride he has in the club, and it said not to just think about fourth but to think about winning.

“Probably at the time the players and maybe the staff – we all thought the letter was a bit far-fetched. but I truly believed we could progress, and I read the same letter back again and all the words that went back into the players’ minds were the same at the beginning of the season.”