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Rodgers: Reds in better place now

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes he and the club are in a better place to mount a top-four challenge next season.

Although the Reds will finish adrift of the European places, they have bettered last season's points total with a game to go and their form over the second half of the campaign has been encouraging.

Rodgers will turn his attention to improving his squad over the summer and look to next season's attempt to qualify again for the Champions League. He said: "This year has provided a great learning curve for me and I look back and see it was learning that I needed.

"I knew the expectancy of the club, but going into next season, I am a much better prepared manager.

"We want to make significant improvements next year in the points total because the reality is we are 30 points behind the leaders."