The Reds exceeded expectations in finishing second to Manchester City and even though their surprise bid for a first title in 24 years ended disappointingly, the main priority of securing Champions League football was achieved. However, Rodgers knows qualifying for Europe’s elite club competition for the first time since 2009 is merely the first step, and he has to ensure they not only cement a regular place in the top four but continue to challenge for the title. “I think every title run-in will always have the pressures that come with it and we have shown we can cope with it, winning 12 out of 14 games which is a monumental effort,” he told LFCTV GO. “We picked up 37 points from 42, a remarkable number of points. “We took it as a compliment as staff and players that we were being talked about as title winners. “We had obviously excited people by our football. That showed the significant progress we were making.” While Lallana is the player Rodgers has made his number one priority there are a number of other targets Liverpool have expressed an interest in, including Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can and Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno. However, contrary to reports, Press Association Sport understands Barcelona forward Pedro is not being considered as a potential signing. While agreeing a fee for Lallana may take some time, there are other complications associated with their interest in Can as former club Bayern Munich had a buy-back clause inserted into the deal which took the midfielder to Leverkusen last summer which they can utilise in 2015. “We know there is interest but have nothing official,” Leverkusen’s sporting director Rudi Voller told Bild of Liverpool’s monitoring of the player. “It is clear that Emre now has a clause in the contract – a decision is still pending. “The business would be lucrative but that is not the sticking point. “We are of the opinion that Emre would still do well another year with us. “Roger Schmidt (Leverkusen’s coach) has already spoken with him, he is really into the player, and I am convinced that Can would be even better with Roger. “Of course I spoke with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (Bayern Munich chairman) on the subject. “They think that for Emre’s development another season with Leverkusen would be just right.” The agent of Fabio Borini, who had an impressive season on loan at Sunderland, does not expect the striker to leave Anfield this summer despite interest from the Black Cats and abroad. “I know for certain there is interest not just from them (Sunderland) but there have been approaches from several countries, including Italy,” Marco De Marchi told Calciomercato.it. “I have not spoken to Brendan Rodgers yet but the player is tied to Liverpool for another two years and at the moment I don’t see that he could leave. “Anyone who wants Borini will have to talk to Liverpool but I know he would like to continue his Premier League adventure because it’s a style of football that suits him perfectly.” News that 31-goal striker Luis Suarez underwent arthroscopic surgery on a tear in the meniscus of his left knee on Thursday, sustained in training with Uruguay ahead of the World Cup, was not a great cause for concern at the club as the player is expected to return to fitness within three weeks. But Rodgers does know his squad needs significant strengthening ahead of the new season and moves have already been made to address that with an early approach for Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana, with discussions continuing as the two clubs try to thrash out an acceptable fee. “There is certainly no complacency,” said Rodgers of their unexpected second-place finish. “You can’t take your eye off the ball and this is an ever-evolving league which gets better every season. “We need to draw on the positives of this season, of which there are many, and we need to add players who can improve us as that is key. “You have to retain your hunger so you bring in players with that profile as well as the tactical and technical intelligence. “We had a three-hour recruitment meeting (last week) and as much as we have had a good season we want to go one better next year.” Rodgers believes the players who went through the experience of a title challenge will be stronger mentally next season. Press Association Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists there will be no complacency from the side next season as he expects his summer signings to help by providing some much-needed competition.
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Stay up to date with the Artesians by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansDavid Cook scored twice and goalkeeper JJ Olson made 26 saves in his return from injury for the Oly Town Artesians, but Bellingham rallied for three goals in the fourth quarter including the game winner with 17.5 seconds left to take a 5-4 victory on Saturday night at The Pavilion.It was a tale of two halves, with the Artesians scoring first on Cook’s goal at the 9:53 mark of the first quarter and then adding their second goal on a Josh Dube strike with 1:11 left in the quarter. Oly Town built a three goal lead on a power play when Cook was able to body one in after a pile up in front of the goal. The Artesians added their fourth and final goal when the Boatright brothers hooked up with Nate smashing one home off a pass from Eli, and Oly took a 4-1 lead into the break.But the second half belonged to Bellingham, with the Hammers taking 20 shots on goal over the final 30 minutes while limiting the Artesians offensively. Richard Henderson got United’s scoring started in the second quarter, scoring his 17th goal of the season with 6:44 to go in the first half. Christian Caro scored his first of two goals on a power play but that is all the Hammers could muster in the third.The Artesians killed an early Bellingham power play in the fourth, but fouls caught up with them and Caro scored his second goal of the game just seven seconds into the penalty to make it a 4-3 Artesians lead with 6:51 left. After pulling goalkeeper Ike Onyeador and adding a sixth attacker, Nick Cashmere tied it up 4-4 with 2:15 left. Bellingham was shown a blue card 30 seconds later and Oly’s confidence swelled playing a man up near the end of the game. But Bellingham took advantage of a break off of a rebounded shot by Oly and Connor Moe smashed one past Olson to take a 5-4 lead with just 17.5 seconds left. They would hold on for the final few seconds to take the road victory in the regular season finale.The Oly Town Artesians wrapped up their league schedule but will host one more game next Saturday with Austin Kelley Night, an annual celebration of soccer in memory of friend and teammate Austin Kelley. First kick in the friendly between the Artesians and the Oly Legends is set for 6:30 at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College.