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Rodgers: No talk of the title

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has played down talk of ending the club's title drought this season following their demolition of Tottenham on Sunday.

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Brendan Rodgers looks on as Liverpool run riot at the Lane

Brendan Rodgers looks on as Liverpool run riot at the Lane

Goals from Luis Suarez (2), Jordan Henderson, Jon Flanagan and Raheem Sterling earned the visitors a 5-0 victory at White Hart Lane, a result which ultimately cost Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas his job.

The win leaves Liverpool just two points off top spot after 16 matches but Rodgers is refusing to be drawn on returning the top-flight title to Anfield for the first time in 24 years.

"We're not even thinking about that to be honest," he said. "We are working on our style of football going forward.

"You can be looking to finish fourth, or third or second, but eventually you want to be winning the league.

"The year before I came it was eighth, then last season we finished seventh.

"But realistically we just have to keep fighting when you look at the depths of some of the squads."

And Rodgers found time to heap praise on young defender Flanagan who has shone at left-back since the enforced injury absence of Jose Enrique.

"He's a terrific boy who has played for the under-21s, in practice games with about two people watching," he said.

"And whoever he's up against, he doesn't change. I thought when he came in for a few games this was a kid that can handle it.

"And since he came in and played in the derby, where he was man of the match against Everton, he's been fantastic. His confidence has grown and grown over time.

"A young player like that, probably a couple of years ago, might not have had a chance. Or maybe someone comes in, does well for a few games then drifts away.

"So I've said to him, 'just play every game as if you haven't cracked it, go out and be the best you can be', and that's what he's done.

"His goal was a brilliant finish. I'm delighted for him, he's a real good boy and you can see how much it means for him and the supporters."

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