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Four more years

BRENDAN RODGERS has told Liverpool fans it could be 2016 before the Anfield club is competing for a Champions League place again.

Seven years after winning the competition and five years since they competed in the final of the biggest club competition in Europe, the new boss claimed that by the time Liverpool reap the benefit of his new approach with trophies he could be gone.

The Reds were 17 points off a Champions League spot and 37 points off winning the league last season and Rodgers has urged fans looking for a return to the glory days to be realistic.

"Success is going to take time. And whether it will be in my time, I'm not so sure," he said.

"In the next three or four years, we want to be up there challenging for Champions League places, but I'm not going to commit to any stupid statements. The club finished sixth, seventh and eighth over the last three seasons.

"Someone asked me the other day if we thought we could win the league. You know what I mean?"

Meanwhile, Fulham, West Ham and Aston Villa look set to fight it out for the services of unwanted Andy Carroll next season with AC Milan waiting in the wings should they decide to sell Zlatan Ibrahimovic to PSG.