Rodgers demands Reds response

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists his players will take their setback against Chelsea on the chin.

Last Updated: 28/04/14 at 15:18 Post Comment

Steven Gerrard: Made a costly mistake at Anfield on Sunday

Steven Gerrard: Made a costly mistake at Anfield on Sunday

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists his players will take their setback against Chelsea on the chin as they focus on keeping their Premier League title chances alive.

The 2-0 defeat at Anfield took the destiny of a first championship in 24 years out of their hands with Manchester City, three points behind with a superior goal difference and match in hand, now the favourites.

By the time the Reds play Crystal Palace on Monday evening they could be third in the table and will be relying on near-neighbours Everton to do them a huge favour by taking points off Manuel Pellegrini's side at Goodison Park on Saturday.

There was a tangible atmosphere of deflation around Anfield, which had been a cauldron of noise just 90 minutes previously as it had in many other home games in the last few weeks, but Rodgers will not allow that to permeate into a squad which had won 11 successive league matches prior to Sunday.

"I think we have been on a run of games in which the games we have won has been exceptional and to lose against Chelsea is a big disappointment because we haven't had many games we have lost," said the Reds boss.

"This is a great group of players and we will take this on the chin and will continue to work on. We'll recover and go again and hopefully we'll get the win against Crystal Palace.

"Our objective is for ourselves. We need to win our two games and see where it takes us and we will be fine."

Rodgers has always argued that making the leap from seventh to first was unprecedented and that his side had exceeded expectations this season.

That they are still leading Chelsea and City, who have spent considerably more, is an achievement in itself and the Reds boss believes there are plenty of positives to be achieved from taking six points from their remaining two fixtures.

"We are two points above Chelsea, which is phenomenal when you see the squad they have, and if we win our last two games we will finish above them," added Rodgers.

"If we can finish off the season and win these two games we'll finish above them and maybe above Manchester City - but there's still a way to go."

Chelsea's stifling defensive tactics at Anfield have generated much debate and while they obviously had merit as Jose Mourinho's side came out on top, for Rodgers - a man of purist footballing principles - it stuck in the throat somewhat.

"We have a way of working and I take great pride in that," he said.

"We might not have got the result but we've seen over the course of the season that we have made great strides and we'll continue to do that.

"When you win the game of course you will say you are the better team but certainly we were the better team because we were the ones wanting to win the game.

"I don't think there is any disputing that, but it is hard to reinforce that when you lose.

"What the game will do is prepare us for Crystal Palace. We will have to deal with long balls forward, which we did well.

"We will have to deal with long throw-ins, so we got the chance to do that.

"They will have lots of players behind the ball, which we will be prepared for as well."

Off the field the £260million scheme for the regeneration of the Anfield area - including the rebuilding of two new stands at the club's ground - took another step forward after the Strategic Regeneration Framework was agreed by Liverpool City Council after public consultation closed.


New Sky Bet customers: Free matched bet up to £30


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Arsene Wenger admits Olivier Giroud deserved his red card for headbutting Nedum Onuoha

Arsene Wenger admits Olivier Giroud deserved his red card for headbutting Nedum Onuoha in Arsenal's 2-1 win over QPR.

Premier League: Alexis Sanchez and Tomas Rosicky give 10-man Arsenal 2-1 win over QPR

Alexis Sanchez and Tomas Rosicky gave Arsenal a 2-1 win over QPR despite Olivier Giroud's second-half sending off.

Premier League: Manchester City respond to Chelsea's victory by winning at West Brom

Manchester City won 3-1 at West Brom to reduce the gap on Chelsea at the top of the Premier League back to three points.

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