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McAteer: Liverpool can win silverware this season, but it won’t be the Premier League

Published 05/08/2014 | 15:16

Jason McAteer believes that Liverpool can build on last season’s progress, but believes a league title is beyond Brendan Rodgers’ side.

The Reds exceeded expectations last season when they were pushed Manchester City all the way in the title race before ultimately falling short and the former Irish international believes cup competitions offer the best opportunity for silverware.

Former Irish international and Liverpol winger, Jason Mcateer has claimed that although his former side finished as runners up last season, they will struggle to win the title this year.

“There’s a lot of optimism around Anfield after last season,” McAteer told Independent.ie.

“The bench in particular will have a lot more depth this year, but I think that they will struggle to win the title. City have strengthened and José has his team built after some brilliant additions. I think Liverpool will contest, but winning the league will be a stretch.”

“I’d like to see a good Champions League run, it’s obviously great for the club to be back in the competition, and I’d like to see some silverware, I’d like to see them win a cup.”

The sale of star striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona is a massive loss the former Red concedes and believes it will be as big as a loss off the pitch as it will be on it, adding that more will be expected of Daniel Sturridge up front.

“It’s obviously a massive loss, his character in particular will be a bigger loss than his 30 goals, but Liverpool have a good young squad.”

“I think the current crop of players proved last season that they are good enough. Sterling has shown his quality and he’ll be massive for them this year. Daniel Sturridge will also be a big player. He was always playing in the shadow of Suarez, so this will be a big season for him.”

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