Rodgers guides Liverpool back to top

Published Monday, 31 March 2014
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Co Antrim man Brendan Rodgers is back at the top of the Premier League with his Liverpool side, but insists they are still focusing on just making progress rather than dreaming of possible glory.

Rodgers guides Liverpool back to top
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers celebrates with captain Steven Gerrard. (© Getty)

Liverpool are now unbeaten in their last 13 league games, with their latest victory over Tottenham Hotspur seeing them rack up four goals without reply from the visitors.

Their run of winning form also includes a 6-3 demolition of Cardiff City, a 3-0 win against Manchester United at Old Trafford and a 5-1 victory over Arsenal.

But Rodgers continues to be the first person to recognise that there is still work to be done.

"It's very difficult. There are lots of people dreaming about Liverpool winning the title, but for me, it's installing in the players that there's a process - it's not just about the end result," he said.

There are only 18 points to play for, but you can only take three at a time.

Brendan Rodgers, LFC

Fellow contenders remain tight on Liverpool's tail - Chelsea are just two points behind in second place, although trailing by 11 when it comes to goals, and Manchester City are another two points back with two games in hand.

Both those teams still have to take the fight to Anfield next month, knowing that their hosts will be high in confidence as a result of their recent strong performances.

Rodgers believes that will put the pressure squarely on the shoulders of the visitors.

"I don't think anyone expected us to be where we are - especially as the last two seasons we were eighth and seventh, and it has just allowed us to develop at our own pace," he said.

"We go to every game to win, but what has been great to see has been the idea and methodology of our work bearing fruit in the game."

The Carnlough man added: "There are some great teams up there and world-class managers, so we understand it's going to be difficult, but we just do what we can do and see where it takes us.

"For us, the mantra has always been to focus on the next game. We never get too carried away."

During Liverpool's four-goals-and-a-clean-sheet win over Spurs on Sunday - taking their season tally against them to 9-0 - their opponents' manager came under fire from his own fans.

Tim Sherwood faced down chants of "Where is our manager?" as he sat in the directors' box for the duration of the game.

They (Liverpool) are still in this race ... If they tighten up a bit, I think they have a good chance.

Tim Sherwood, Spurs

While Sherwood said the fans were entitled to their opinion, he added: "I'm not shirking any responsibility.

"At 2-0 and the game going away at 3-0, I'm going to learn more from my players sitting up there rather than getting in trouble on the touchline.

"You've seen enough of me ranting and raving, but I have to analyse it. Our performances against the top four have not been good enough."

Despite his side not managing so much as a goal against Liverpool this season, Sherwood is still tipping Man City for the title.

"I would still go with Manchester City," he added.

"Liverpool have done a fantastic job - from last season to this is chalk and cheese."

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Comments Comments
Adrian in Coleraine wrote (297 days ago):
@martin in carrick ! Some reds fan you are telling a liverpool manager to keep up the good work get a grip ! Plastic supporter
Davy in Shankill wrote (298 days ago):
Not a Liverpool fan, but its so funny hearing United fans use silly quotes to try and ease the pain of seeing their most hated rivals doing well. Like "ok we get it, hes from here" The bubble will burst etc. Summit tells me they are going to be a force for a few years now.I could listen to Brendan talk all day. hes calm, articulate, understands the game,Also Adrian, not only did we hear every week where Fergie was from, weve had his books, interviews, awards, not forgetting Fergie time the refs allowed, and so on.Stop hiding under the bed and accept Liverpool are back.
Aaron in Belfast wrote (299 days ago):
@ Adrian above.. U get over it!! Brendan has done a fantastic job! U must be a jealous man u supporter! lol. The almighty reds all the way! :-)
Burgerbob in Belfast wrote (299 days ago):
Surely its good to see someone from here doing well. At times we dont have much to shout about!!
james in carnla wrote (299 days ago):
Slight problem adrian local sport is crap. especially irish league football worse than vauxhall conference.
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