Liverpool FC went in the second place after defeating Manchester United last weekend and are going to be playing relegation battlers Cardiff City on the weekend.
Liverpool won against last year’s league winners Manchester United comfortably in a 3-0 win with Steven Gerrard scoring twice from the spot and Luis Suarez finishing the job with a late goal. After the victory, title talks surrounding Liverpool gained momentum again and Steven Gerrard went on record to admit that the Reds were in the title race. But Rodgers refused to be drawn on his club’s Premier League title hopes in the Cardiff pre-match news conference, and said that the club remains focused on the match that is due to take place on Saturday. He said:
“The focus is purely on Cardiff City. We had a wonderful result and performance at Old Trafford, like you say, but there hasn’t been any talk of any title.
“The run-in for us is the next game, we’ve got tough games all the way through. We’ve got a very tough game against Cardiff.
“We’ve had some good results at home this season against some of the top teams but we know it’s going to be a tough game and we’ll speak about the run-in at the end of the season.”
When asked over about what points haul he thought would be the key figure to secure Liverpool’s first league crown since 1990, Rodgers added:
“You probably think about it (points total) a lot more than I do, to be honest.
“It’s obviously your guys’ job to assess and analyse. For me it has always been about the next game.
“That might sound a bit boring, I maybe answer it in different ways, but it’s the reality of where we’re at.
“We can’t talk about Sunderland next Wednesday when we’ve got a massive game on Saturday at three o’clock.
“It is fairly straightforward. I think it is great for the supporters to dream and I think they have great pride in what they are seeing.We have had a very good season, are second in the league, and our level of play is improving all the time but we haven’t done anything yet.”
Rodgers was also asked about the wide speculations linking him to jobs elsewhere, after the terrific season he’s had and Steven Gerrard’s pleas to the Liverpool owners to pen down a new deal for him quickly. The Norther Irishman responded:
“As a manager, you aim to earn the respect of the players; you don’t necessarily need to be liked, just so long as you are respected.
“I feel really at home here, I can’t really think of being anywhere else. This is a wonderful football club and hopefully as time goes on and the philosophy becomes second nature, we continue to do better and advance.”
“It (Gerrard’s plea) makes me very happy. He’s the captain, who has been an iconic figure at this club for many years and has worked with so many great managers, so it’s very nice for someone with such status to say those words.”