Liverpool “ready” to profit from Manchester City slipping up
Brendan Rodgers claims the spirit in the team camp is excellent despite last Monday’s 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace
May 10th, 2014
Liverpool were 1/6 favourites to win the Premier League title before they hosted Chelsea, although a 2-0 reverse against the Blues coupled with relinquishing a 3-0 lead at Crystal Palace means that the Reds practically need snookers to claim a first crown since 1990.
It’s a big shame for supporters who were starting to “dare to dream” about a title-winning season, although perhaps there is one more twist left this term and Brendan Rodgers is confident of his team getting the job done against Newcastle United on Sunday.
When asked about the team spirit this week, Rodgers said: “It has been excellent.
“You could see the emotion after the game and that was pretty much the same in the dressing room afterwards.
“But we know the areas we need to improve.
“We won’t dwell on it. You can’t think about what might or could have happened, you can only really focus on what has happened and look forward to getting better and improving.”
Rodgers insists that it has been a highly successful season which is likely to see Liverpool finish second in the standings, although he also admitted that it was still shocking to see how his team gifted Palace a way back into the match.
He continued: “I’ve watched it (the Palace match) three times since and I’m still in shock when I see us end up drawing the game 3-3.
“To have that much control and good concentration and organisation in the game, for it to slip with 12 minutes to go shouldn’t happen.
“If you can’t keep your concentration long enough, you’ll lose your place. It’s as simple as that – you’ll lose your place in the squad.
“We’ve played in big games this season and showed real solidity defensively – but we went away to Cardiff and yes, we scored six goals, but we conceded three; went away to Stoke, scored five and conceded three; Palace three; Hull three.
“Yes, there’s an element of quality from the opponent, but I look at and analyse the games intensely and a big part of it is concentration – organisation, concentrating on your job.
“But our work is continual. We will really focus on that part of our game over the course of pre-season.
“Like I said when I came in, we had to improve our goals tally, so we went from 47 scored in a season (2011/12) to now 99 and whatever it finishes at this weekend – and we’ll do the same with the defence.”