Anfield

Next Game

Liverpool v Swansea

Monday, 29 December 2014, 20:00

Barclays Prem

Turf Moor

Last Game

Burnley 0 - 1 Liverpool

Friday, 26 December 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Rodgers happy with 'freedom'

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has hailed the club's hierarchy for giving him the 'freedom' to do his job.

Last Updated: 06/04/14 at 08:55 Post Comment

Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool boss in confident mood heading into home stretch

Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool boss in confident mood heading into home stretch

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Rodgers has turned Liverpool around since taking charge in 2012 and he has put them firmly in title contention this season.

And the former Swansea boss is quick to hail the people around him at Anfield.

"I feel a huge privilege to be here and be given the freedom to work. We are trying to make something that is sustainable here," said Rodgers.

"It is fantastic that the supporters now have hope. I quite enjoy it, really. It is why I worked hard in my life, and since I was a young boy, travelling around Europe to find out about some of the top teams. This is why I became a manager.

"We have been allowed to develop at our own pace. We have never got carried away when we have won or too disappointed when we have lost, but we are building something for years to come."

And Rodgers is full of praise for his players as they have adapted to his style of play.

"If you ask players to play as we do, you have to give them the confidence. That is what you want - the courage to play," Rodgers explained.

"We work to deal with pressure, to get on the ball. The players know 100 per cent that if they make a mistake, I will take the blame.

"I have said all along I feel that when there are pressure situations, the players can cope... they can operate at this level without any fear. You see the confidence, there is no anxiety, no pressure.

"We have a wonderful mix: World-class players, young talents from Europe and South America and a load of young British talent here who show that, technically, they can play without fear."

With just six games of the season left, Rodgers admits that things are getting simpler to work out when it comes to the title run-in.

"There are only 18 points to play for, but you can only take three at a time. Upton Park [where Liverpool face West Ham on Sunday] will be a tough game for us but our confidence and belief is at a good level," he said.

"It is very difficult, lots of people are dreaming about Liverpool winning the title.

"But for me it is installing in the players that there's a process, it's not just about the end result.

"It's been about simple hard work, focus and concentration."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

HarryBoulton
One Point And One Conclusion For United

P

arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

magicfuller
Warnock sacked by Palace

W

e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

gettalong
Wenger: Giroud deserved red

Footer 365

Premier League: Sam Allardyce accuses referee of guessing wrongly over disallowed Alex Song goal

Sam Allarydce criticised referee Neil Swarbrick for disallowing a goal after West Ham were defeated 2-1 by Arsenal.

Premier League: Arsene Wenger says Arsenal are showing signs of consistency after West Ham win

Arsene Wenger said Arsenal are heading in the right direction after seeing them hold on for a 2-1 win over West Ham.

Premier League: Newcastle overcome Everton 3-2 thanks to Papiss Cisse, Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback

Newcastle overcame Everton 3-2 at St James' Park thanks to goals from Papiss Cisse, Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property