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Rodgers hoping to end City run

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes his side are capable of ending Manchester City's 100 per cent home league record this season.

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Brendan Rodgers: Looking to end Manchester City's winning run at home

Brendan Rodgers: Looking to end Manchester City's winning run at home

The Premier League leaders head to the Etihad Stadium for the evening clash on Boxing Day to face a third-placed City side who have won all eight of their home games, scoring 35 goals in the process.

"We know it is a tough place to go. This season, Manchester City have won every one of their games at home but we've won every one at home bar one," said Rodgers.

"They obviously have confidence at home and they score goals but they concede goals.

"You normally lose it (a 100 per cent record) at some stage of the season, it will depend on a team going there and having the bravery to play and get that bit of luck when you need it.

"In the two games against City last season, we were the better side and we made mistakes that cost us and we ended up drawing the two games.

"They will know as well we are a good side and arrive with confidence high.

"We understand it will be a really tough game but we are looking forward to it.

"If you play to your A game, it may be difficult for opponents and that is what we concentrate on - we can be the team that goes there and gets the first result."

Rodgers admits he is currently short on numbers and is looking at drafting in youth and reserve players to bolster his first-team squad over the busy festive period.

"Man City's squad is one which has been built to win every trophy in the world, not just the Premier League," he said.

"We understand the size of the task but our team at the moment has shown to be the best team over 17 games.

"You have to respect the opponent and understand they have some outstanding players but recognise the talents of your own group.

"You will probably learn more about the squad (over the coming days).

"I know what the team can do but we have a number of injuries, however, we will go into the game with the same charisma and aggression to work.

"It is an opportunity for us in the game but also an opportunity for me to bring in youth team and reserve team players - that is why you have an academy."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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