Liverpool manager excited about team’s Premier League title prospects
The Reds marching towards the title after Saturday’s epic 6-3 victory at Cardiff
March 23rd, 2014
There was an air of inevitability about Liverpool’s victory at the Cardiff City Stadium last weekend, even when the home side took an early lead against their Merseyside opponents.
With Luis Suarez in scintillating form and being ably flanked by Daniel Sturridge, the visitors eventually scored twice as many goals as their opponents, with Brendan Rodgers admitting that fans are now daring to dream about potentially winning the Premier League title.
Arsenal’s 6-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge means it’s a three-team race to the line, with Liverpool facing Sunderland on Wednesday night and hoping that Manchester United win Tuesday’s derby which would strengthen their chances of claiming the title.
“We are focusing on the immediate future,” Rodgers said.
“The fans can believe and dream, and when you come to see your team play away from home and they score six goals, you’ve got every right to do that. They have been a big part of our success this year.
“I’ve got to say that I am really looking forward to the Sunderland game. It feels like we haven’t played at home for ages.
“Wednesday will be a great night for us. We’ve now got five games left at Anfield, with three away from home. Anfield is a special place to play football, so for us, it’s about the immediate future.”
Liverpool are warm favourites to beat Sunderland, having built up a head of steam in recent weeks thanks to away wins at Southampton, Manchester United and now Cardiff, with the latest victory being a case of outscoring the opposition after previously proving defensively tight.
“We don’t work to just outscore teams; we work on our balance,” Rodgers added. “We are certainly not a team that is not worried about defending, that’s not the case at all.
“We were off the back of two clean sheets – which I take as much pride in – against two difficult teams, Southampton and Manchester United.
“We conceded too much space, but the key thing is how we respond and how we have grown over the last 18 months. There has been that resilience and confidence to know that we can get back in the game.
“We will analyse the other elements of the game that we can be better at. That will always be the case – you’ll always look to improve.
“Look at our imagination and creativity. You sensed the crowd felt that every time we were in their half, we could score. That is a wonderful recognition of the type of team that we are.”