Houllier: Reds still 'two to three years' behind United

LONDON: Liverpool are “two to three years” behind English Premier League champions Manchester United in setting a benchmark for success, according to manager Gerard Houllier. 

The Anfield side topped the table in November before their worst run of results for 50 years saw them drop out of the title race in the second half of the season. 

Now Liverpool must win at Chelsea tomorrow to claim fourth spot and the final Champions League place. 

“If you ask me how far are we from Manchester United, I would say we are probably two or three years behind them, that’s all,” Houllier said on Thursday. 

“(But) we will just keep going. We are young with an average of 25. They are a good side, that’s why I think winning the (League) Cup against them should be enhanced.” 

Houllier said United’s 2-1 victory at Anfield at the start of December, helped by a terrible blunder from goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek, proved the turning point in the season for both clubs.  

But he added: “There are many games where we have made some stupid errors that have cost us points. The points have slipped mainly because of that. 

“That’s why you have got to be more consistent. Look at this season. We have probably lost 10-12 points we could easily have won and then we would we have been in competition for the title race.” 

Although Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry has promised money will be available to spend on new players for next season, Houllier said transfer business had been put to one side for now. “I can tell you that I haven’t met anybody or been in touch with anybody,” he said. – Reuters 

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