Liverpool 'still fighting' - Rodgers

Published Monday, 14 April 2014
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Co Antrim man Brendan Rodgers has hailed his Liverpool side's fearless approach to the Premiership title race, after they took their unbeaten run to 10 league games and extended their lead at the top.

Liverpool 'still fighting' - Rodgers
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers. (© Getty)

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In only his second season with the Anfield club, and after a rocky start to his reign, fans could be forgiven for thinking Rodgers could now be the man to lead the team to a long-awaited trophy.

In his home village of Carnlough, there is definitely plenty of buzz, with one local telling UTV: "Every week there's a match on in the pub and the pub's buzzing, just to support Brendan.

"If it's not Liverpool, it's for Brendan anyway."

Liverpool have endured a 24-year drought when it comes to league titles, last winning the old First Division title in 1990 back when it was the highest tier in English football.

This year, just four games stand between the team and the Premier League trophy.

"It's an incredible achievement and, against all the odds, we're where we are and we're still fighting," Rodgers said.

Liverpool are top of the table by merit and, if people didn't think they could win the title, then now they're thinking again.

Robbie Fowler, ex-LFC

But Rodgers has long stressed the importance of not getting carried away and just taking each game as it comes.

"We don't think too far ahead - that's the message and that's always been the message," he said.

"With four games to go, there are still a lot of points to play for. And Manchester City have got a couple of games in hand as well. We've just got to concentrate on ourselves and keep doing the job.

"Hopefully 10 games becomes 11 next week. We'll just concentrate on the next game."

Liverpool have only managed an 11-game winning streak twice - once under Kenny Dalglish and once under Rafa Benítez.

Rodgers has previously said that he would leave the title speculation to others and former Liverpool player Robbie Fowler has declared the title is now "Liverpool's to lose".

Speaking to talkSPORT's Alan Brazil show, Fowler added: "I don't think people will get carried away and say: 'We're going to win this or that ...'

"But the victory over Manchester City was a massive statement for everyone."

Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard also stressed the importance of Sunday's 3-2 win over title rivals Manchester City.

"For the first 30-35 minutes, I thought we blew the so-called best team in the league away. And it could have been three or four," he said.

"I don't think 2-0 is ever enough against the top sides in this league. But it's all about getting the job done, no matter how you do it, and thankfully we got it done in the end."

You always know with the character in this squad, that we're always going to fight until the end.

Steven Gerrard, LFC captain

Gerrard added: "The journey I've had all the way through the years, there have been ups and downs. At the moment, I'm loving every minute of it.

"I feel 21 again, playing with all these top players. It's probably going to be the biggest month of my career coming up now. I'll give it everything I've got."

Liverpool's latest big win came as Premier League games over the weekend delayed their kick-offs by seven minutes, to mark the Hillsborough disaster that saw 96 people lose their lives.

On 15 April 1989, Liverpool's FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest was abandoned at 3.07pm, due the crush which also injured hundreds more fans.

Minute silences were observed at all the weekend games, with players from all clubs wearing black armbands to mark the 25th anniversary of the tragedy.

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13 Comments
Belfast in Belfast wrote (225 days ago):
Go on liverpool you can do it !!!!!!!??????????
96 ynwa in Portadown wrote (226 days ago):
Adrian in colraine dont b jelous that the true reds are 1st Obviously a man utd fan haha
gary in belfast wrote (227 days ago):
cant believe all the hateful comments from what appear to be disgruntled man u fans ! its simple 4 games to go 4 wins on the board and the 89 point mark reached so the best captain in the premier league steven gerard can raise the premier league trophy and the best team in the premier league rejoin the elite of the champions league - congratulations brendan - 96 ynwa !
Justice in Hillsborough wrote (227 days ago):
Liverpool have been a joy to watch this season, you really can't take your eyes of their games. It really is proper attractive football. I always love to watch teams that just try to outscore their opponents. Like Barca were doing in recent times. It's been a strange old season. ManU got Moyes, a man who did so well with Everton. Now Martinez has that same team only playing much more attractive football and going for a club record points tally in the premier league. Moyes has nosedived the great ManU out of European football. Liverpool look favourites for their first premier league title. Im sure the Mancs are sick!
Davy in Shankill wrote (228 days ago):
United fans seem to be quaking in their boots this weather. They thought their most hated rivals would never be a force to be reckoned with again.Not saying Liverpool will win it, but they look good at present. People said City would beat them,didnt happen. Jose will be a differant kettlle of fish as he is a master at the big games and mind games.Why United did not break the bank to get Mourinho as manager ill never know. Its been a great season though.
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