Saturday 21 October 2017

Fans have earned right to dream -- Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers

Carl Markham

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists the fans deserve to be able to dream with the club top of the table at Christmas, but he is confident there will be no complacency within the squad.

The Reds were top on December 25 for the first time since 2008 -- when they became the last side not to win the title from that position.

The current campaign has seen them drop out of the top six for only two days and they have spent four separate spells at the top of the table and for that reason Rodgers can understand why supporters are in jubilant mood.

It is not a feeling which is felt within their Melwood training base, however.

"You don't get the rewards at Christmas. It is a nostalgic time and people always want to know where the team is at around Christmas Day," he said. "We want to be there but we want to be there at the end of the season and for that there is a lot of hard work ahead.

"It is brilliant for supporters, I am not going to deny them a dream -- it is nice for us all to dream. They have to enjoy it but my concentration has always been and always will be on the next game.

"We can't be complacent and we won't be because we haven't done anything yet. We are top at Christmas, which is great, but we need to continue that run in the second half of the season."

Today's game at Manchester City will mark the halfway point of the campaign and, irrespective of the result at the Etihad Stadium, Liverpool will still be considered title challengers.

"Of course there are teams who will have much more experience than ourselves at winning titles but you only get that experience by doing it and focusing on the job," added the Reds boss.

"Since January we have shown we can consistently perform and win games on a regular basis and we have shown we are a very attack-minded team -- we have the most goals of a Premier League team in this calendar year."

"Our squad is very thin. We have 17 players at the moment, which is unfortunate at this very busy period," added Rodgers.

"None of the guys who have been out have returned and there is still the timeline which was set for them."

Irish Independent

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