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Brendan Rodgers: We are 'chihuahuas' in Premier League title race

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers praises his side's character after moving just four points off the Premier League summit with a last-gasp win at Fulham.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has described his team as the "chihuahua that runs in between the horses' legs" after being asked if the Anfield club can win the Premier League title following their 3-2 win over Fulham on Wednesday night.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho recently described his side as a "little horse" that isn't ready to win the title - an argument dismissed by Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini and laughed off by Rodgers.

Last night's victory at Craven Cottage, courtesy of Steven Gerrard's stoppage-time penalty, saw Liverpool climb to fourth in the Premier League table, just four points off Mourinho's leaders, and has sparked questions about whether Rodgers' men can finally lift the trophy.

However, when pressed about his team's chances, Rodgers said: "I don't do all that horse stuff.

"Jose [Mourinho] is very good at all that. We may be the chihuahuas that run in between the horses' legs. But we're just about improving with each match.

"It was a very important win for us. Obviously after the game at the weekend when we were outstanding (beating Arsenal 5-1), we had to show some different qualities.

"One of them was character and this was a wonderful demonstration of the togetherness of the group.

"You're always pushing and you're always looking to get something. For me, it's never over until the whistle goes.

"Yes, they were disappointing goals. We've defended poorly at times this season, it has not been structurally but mistakes and individual errors.

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"But thankfully we're a very aggressive and offensive team going forward, so we have goals in the team.

"That's something I've been trying to build since I've been here. When I arrived into the club, the complaint about the team was that they didn't score enough.

"Now we know we can go to any ground, or at home, and get goals. Obviously tonight the goals got us the three points rather than our defending."

It had looked like Liverpool would be undone by defensive mistakes, with Kolo Toure's calamitous own goal handing Fulham an eighth-minute lead.

Daniel Sturridge levelled after meeting an exquisite first-time Gerrard through ball, only for another defensive mistake, this time by Martin Skrtel, to allow Kieran Richardson to restore the hosts' lead.

Liverpool drew parity once more through Philippe Coutinho before Gerrard struck home a stoppage-time penalty to secure victory and Rodgers' praise.

"Steven is peerless in many aspects of football," the Liverpool manager said of his captain.

"He was brilliant against Arsenal, dictating the game, playmaking from behind and his pass for the first goal here.

"He has that penetration he has shown all his life and then his composure at the end was not by accident. He studies the goalkeeper, which way he dives, so that professionalism is still there.

"There's no greater person than Steven Gerrard to take a penalty right at the end to get the three points and he tucked it away really well."

Telegraph Media Group Limited [2022]

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