Sir Alex Ferguson-Brendan Rodgers
Sir Alex Ferguson-Brendan Rodgers Reuters

Brendan Rodgers is hopeful that Liverpool would emulate Sir Alex Ferguson's early success at Manchester United to recover from the pain of losing the Premier League title to Manchester City.

The Citizens won the league on the final day of the last season, finishing two points ahead of the Merseyside club. In 1992, United came close to winning the title, but lost it to their arch-rivals Leeds United.

The immediate season saw Ferguson guide the Red Devils to their first league title in 26 years. The former Swansea boss says he is hoping to use the pain from last campaign's narrow miss to help Liverpool win their first Premier League title in order to start a new era at Anfield.

"If you look at the history of the winning teams they have always come close," Rodgers said. "You look at the United team that won it in 1993, they came close in 1992 when they lost it to Leeds," Rodgers told the Telegraph.

"They came back the following year and won it. That set up an era of winning for them. You look at all the teams that won the Champions League when they just missed out a year before or two years before."

"I think it is a part of the process of winning. What it has done with this team and this group, it has made us even more unified and stronger to be more successful in the future."

"Absolutely, that's [pain of losing the title] what drives you. Everyone is remembering the Chelsea game. The Crystal Palace game was not the one. The Chelsea game was the one. A draw at Palace would have been all right. For me there was no real hangover."

"I was so proud of how we as a whole club got together last season. The supporters talking about making them dream. There is no negative in it for me. We went so close but it is only the beginning for us."

"I'm super hungry to be a champion and succeed and in the short period of time we have shown we have the credentials to do that. We reinforce the team and the squad and we will go into it with even more belief with a group of young players who are hungry too."

"I want a trophy this year. My sole aim in the first three years was to get us into the Champions League. I knew what it meant to the supporters, the city, the taxi drivers, the people, businesses – so my drive was to get us back.

"Now I want the club to win the big trophies again. The expectancy this season is continual improvement. We want to win. To be successful is winning trophies," Rodgers concluded.