Liverpool boss Rodgers plays down title talks again
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers shrugged of reports of his side being favorites for the league title. The Anfield boss played down reports of Liverpool winning their first league title since 1990 after the Merseyside club picked up a 3-0 win on the road against Southampton on Saturday.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was back to his goalscoring form as he drew first blood for the Reds. Southampton came up with a brilliant response in the first-half, but Liverpool’s defense stay strong and managed to pick up a clean sheet.
In the second half of the game Brendan Rodgers changed the tactics and replaced Philippe Coutinho with Raheem Sterling. Moments later the young England international put his name on the score sheet.
During injury time Luis Suarez managed to draw out a foul from inside the box, which allowed Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard to score the third goal for his side. Liverpool, who are still unbeaten this year, have now extended their winning streak to four Premier League games.
Liverpool are now second-placed, equal on points with Arsenal, but four points away from leaders Chelsea. Despite his team’s strong position, Rodgers has shied away from calling his major title contenders.
“I'm not focusing on that, to be honest,” Rodgers said in his post-match news conference. “I'm focusing on winning the next game. I think we've had an outstanding performance today, a really significant performance against a very, very good side with an excellent manager.
“The players were tactically brilliant today and we scored three and maybe could have had another five or six goals. But we'll just stay calm. There are 10 games to go now, we're in a good position and we just want to continue working at the level we are at.”
Rodgers also insisted that he hadn’t stopped his players from talking about winning the Premier League title. The Anfield boss claims he wanted his players to remain cool and calm and have a pragmatic and prudent approach towards the season.
“No, we stay calm. It is great for the supporters to dream,” Rodgers added.
Rodgers said that he was impressed to see how his team had evolved over the period of the last 18 months, but the progress hadn’t stopped and the Reds were still working hard to achieve better results.