Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager, is convinced that his side are capable of winning the Barclays Premier League title this season.

The Anfield club had been in a strong position last season, only for their championship bid to founder on a defeat by Chelsea and the surrender of a three-goal lead against Crystal Palace.

Liverpool have also lost top scorer Louis Suarez this summer, albeit the club have enjoyed a productive transfer window by signing such as Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren. Both players were recruited from Southampton - a team which visits Anfield on the opening day of the campaign.

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Rodgers is optimistic that the league trophy will also be on show at the stadium come May. "I wasn't lying on a sun lounger over the summer crying over the fact that we lost the league last season," he said. "There is only an excitement and a belief that we can challenge again for the title this time. We must believe that we can go one better."