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Rodgers needs time to deliver title

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is ready to rotate his squad in the coming months.
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Brendan Rodgers insists he will need time to end Liverpool's 23-year wait for a top-flight title, despite his side's impressive start.

Rodgers offered his congratulations to Liverpool owner John W Henry after his Boston Red Sox won baseball's World Series, but warned it may take longer to deliver the Premier League title.

The BoSox captured their third title in 10 years at Fenway Park after a 6-1 victory over St Louis Cardinals secured an unassailable 4-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

The victory capped an amazing turnaround for the club who finished bottom of the American League East division last year after their worst regular-season showing in almost 40 years.

Liverpool boss Rodgers is desperate to end his side's 23-year title drought but admits Henry may have to wait a little longer before similar celebrations are witnessed at Anfield.

"Congratulations to the owners of the Boston Red Sox," he said. "It is very clear that they are a group who had a plan to get that success.

"It is brilliant for them and another demonstration of an organization which is proven to be successful and I am aware of the changes they have made in order to bring that success.

"But it takes that little bit longer in this sport. Liverpool is about winning trophies and that expectancy is always here. I believe we are in a good place at the moment, but it will take time."

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And Rodgers is hopeful his side can maintain their early-season momentum when they take on Arsenal in front of Sky Sports' cameras this Saturday.

"Arsenal are a top team and the competition this year is very close," he said.

"But I believe we are in a good moment having started this season as we would have wanted.

"We have started strongly, have put a marker down showing we are going to be consistent and I think we can only get better from here.

"We have a lot of young players who are still developing, and that goes for the front two that everyone is talking about.

"Daniel (Sturridge) is 24 is improving all the time and Luis Suarez has shown us an improvement in his footballing ability and his maturity.

"That bodes well for us but we won't get carried away. They must keep their concentration and continue to work very hard every day on the training field.

"That is what has brought us success over a period, not just this early part of the season but since the turn of the year."

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