Published Friday, 05 October 2012
Brendan Rodgers still has high hopes for his Liverpool side. (© Getty)
Asked if it was an achievable goal, Rodgers told Friday's press conference: "Yes, absolutely."
But the gaffer had to admit it was a big ask, with wins proving hard to come by - even on Liverpool's home turf at Anfield.
"There's no doubt that it's going to be very difficult for us, but that is our fight," Rodgers insisted.
"There's still a very long season ahead of us and we're starting to get to grips with how we're going to work as a team and I'm sure that will bring us good results."
No matter what kind of football you play, playing against any team in this league is difficult.
He's not oblivious to the work that's needed though and knows that will take time. But that's something no top-flight manager has a lot of - not if he wants to keep his job.
"We have to keep working hard to correct our mistakes and thankfully we've got a great bunch of players who are committed to that," Rodgers added.
Glossing over a disappointing Europa League defeat to Udinese, which saw Liverpool throw away their lead and concede three goals in less than 30 minutes, Rodgers is looking to his side's 5-2 league win over Norwich for inspiration ahead of their game against Stoke.
"Stoke are one of those teams who are very hard to beat," he said, adding that the Anfield faithful would provide a boost for his players.
"The backing that we get every time we play there is fantastic, so the recent results at home are just one of those statistics that there's no explanation for.
"There's no secret to it, you've just got to try and work very, very hard."