Liverpool back on top of the Premier League with a bang
For the first time since Christmas, Liverpool are back on the top of the Premier League table and this time their manager Brendan Rodgers didn’t suggest his side were not title contenders. In fact Rodgers believes his team is coping with the pressure of the title race.
Liverpool defeated Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 at Anfield, a place where they have lost only five points this season, to return back on top of the league table with six games to go. However, title rivals Manchester City and Chelsea are yet to pay visits to Anfield.
Rodgers believes if his team is able to continue with the “outstanding” performance they recorded against Tottenham Hotspur they will be able to record further success this season. An own goal from Younes Kaboul followed by strikes from Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson too Liverpool to their eighth successive win in the league.
“We had real dominance right in the game from the first whistle,” Rodgers said. “It was an exceptional performance, everything we have been working towards in this last year and a half in terms of, first and foremost, without the ball that hunger and intensity to get it back from the first whistle to the end.
“And our dominance in possession was very impressive. We had long spells with the ball trying to tire Tottenham out then we had the penetration at the top of the field. It was an outstanding team performance.”
Liverpool will lift their first Premiership title and first league title since 1990 if they are able to win the title race. Rodgers urged his players to continue to bring tier best on the field and promised the club’s fans that they will be rewarded for the undying support and dream to win the league title.
“That is the dream for our supporters,” Rodgers added. “They want to win the title. It's been a long time title here, but for us it's not my thinking.”
Liverpool’s rising midfield star Henderson told reporters after the game that it would dream to win the league title, but the England international stopped short from clouding his mind with thoughts of title.
Liverpool have a two-point lead over Chelsea, a four-point lead over Manchester City but they have two games in hand and a seven-point lead over fourth-placed Arsenal.