Brendan Rodgers — making Liverpool fans dream


Although Brendan Rodgers is remaining understandably coy on Liverpool’s title credentials, simply the fact that it’s even a conversation is a testament to the progress the club has made under him.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 1, 2014: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers salutes the travelling supporters as his side beat Southampton 3-0 during the Premiership match at St Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
Brendan Rodgers salutes the travelling supporters as his side beat Southampton 3-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Saturday evening’s 3-0 victory over Southampton put the Reds second in the Premier League, remaining just four points off league leaders Chelsea with 10 games to go.

After the match, which saw Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling and Steven Gerrard sink the Saints at St Mary’s, Rodgers told the club’s official website, “We’ll just stay calm. 10 games to go, we’re in a good position and we just want to continue working at the level we’ve been at.”

But a jubilant Rodgers also revealed that he is delighted that fans can dream about winning the Premier League, saluting the positive atmosphere around the club.

He said, “We’ve made many changes on and off the field in the time I’ve been here, but what we have created is a one-club mentality. Now when anyone talks about Liverpool, it’s about the football, and that’s very pleasing.

“We still have a lot of work to do in terms of where I want to take the team. It’s great to have a group of players that are very honest and want to go with you on the journey. You can see by their work-rate, intensity and quality that we’re improving all the time.

“We’ll stay calm. It’s good for the supporters to dream. It’s great for them because they’ve seen the evolution of this team over the last 18 months – and we’ve been constantly for over a year progressing and performing at a good level.

“We stay calm, we don’t get too carried away and we always just focus on the next game. After Swansea we knew this was going to be a really difficult game here today.

“They’ve scored in all but two games here, have some wonderful players and the manager is excellent. For us to come and play as we did today and find the solution to nullify that threat was impressive.”

Liverpool’s next Premier League encounter is an unpredictable visit to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, March 16th.

Rodgers hopes his side will continue the fantastic run of form which has seen them drop points only once in the league since the turn of the year.

Against Southampton, the Northern Irishman was delighted with his players’ resolve when he switched to having an extra man in midfield, replacing Raheem Sterling with Joe Allen.

He added, “We’ve played 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1 and 3-5-2 and today we played a 4-4-2 diamond. You’ve got to heap huge praise onto the players, who kept the tactical discipline in order to block up the space and be a threat going forward.

“We’ve had an outstanding performance today – a really significant performance – against a very, very good side with an excellent manager. Our players were tactically brilliant today; kept a clean sheet collectively as a team and scored three goals.”

Are Liverpool supporters right to talk about winning the title with 10 games left to go? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, on Twitter @thisisanfield or in our forums.

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  • Shaun

    “Rodgers hopes his side will continue the fantastic run of form which has
    seen them drop points only once in the league since the turn of the

    We have dropped points against both Villa and West Brom since the turn of the year.

    • SuarezSticksIt2U_Again

      ^^^^ What Shaun said ^^^

  • Dubai Reds

    Treat Each Game as a Cup Final. Before we play Sunderland at Home weve had played 3 Away games. Weve just beat Saints, next up is Mancs and then Cardiff. If we can get 6 Points in these 2 games, then it gets Spicy. Especially when them 2 crucial games between City and Chelsea decide how far weve come ! YNWA

    • SuarezSticksIt2U_Again

      I still have us penciled in for the title decider against Chelski on April 27th.

      Here’s hoping if it does happen as i envisage it, that Chelski make the UCL semi finals. They are to be played on 22-23 April & return leg 29-30 April. Oh and for them to have the away leg first.

      I HAVE A DREAM Stevie will complete his trophy collection this season.

      • Juraj

        I reckon that it is either Chelsea or Liverpool for the title.

  • Redblooded Male

    ????When you walk through the storm
    Hold your head up high
    & don’t be afraid of the dark
    At the end of the storm
    There’s a golden sky
    & the sweet silver song of the lark????
    All together now……………………….

    • imoff

      I have a dream,
      A song to sing,

      to help me cope with anything :)

      • Rabid Red

        Please god let us beat united. Please god let us beat united.

  • Gano1

    He has been a superb appointment whatever happens now!, we know that we can win a PL title under BR at some point. He is learning from mistakes which is very important, tactically he got it bang on at Southampton…………………………go with the flow and see where we end up!!!……………………YNWA!!

  • allaboutanfield

    I am starting to dream but I am still keeping my feet on the ground. It is really nice to see ManU struggling this season. I will take 1 game at a time. Hopefully maximum points per game. If the lads keep the way they were playing Liverpool should be able to finish strongly.

    • Rak S

      Yep, the Manc game is crucial. 3 points there and we have it all to play for. Drop point there, and I fear 2nd is the best we’ll manage! We can do it!!!

      • allaboutanfield

        Man City game will be a tough one to crack. Liverpool lost to Man City 2-1 back at the Eithad stadium. Now for this match it is homegrown advantage. I don’t expect Liverpool to lose again.A draw would be a fair result. A win would be even better. Hope the referee is not Howard Webb.

        • Rak S

          Sorry mate, by “Manc game” I meant the game against United, at OT, that’s next up for us.
          I’m confident that, if we can win at OT, we will be able to beat both City and Chelsea. Still all to play for.

    • Rabid Red

      Not sure I should admit this publicly but I don’t know what I am enjoying more: our rise up the table, or Manure’s decline down it. It’s kinda like having an apple pie with cream and ice cream. You are perfectly happy with just one topping but two just makes it soooooo much more delicious.

      • allaboutanfield

        Moyes is going through a tough tome at Old Trafford. His job is made even harder when some of his senior players are not supporting him. ManU’s situation is just like Liverpool’s situation a year ago when BR took over the team. The team went through a transition period.Same like what is happening now at Old Trafford. Liverpool should all go out to take all 3 points from them. If Liverpool can beat Man U at Anfield 1 nil back then and I think Liverpool lost to Man U in the Carling Cup Liverpool should be able to take some points from that match.

        • Rabid Red

          They will be up for the game against us. If for no other reason but the fact that they know if they beat us they can effectively end our title dream for this season. To beat them anyway, on their home patch… it’s enough to send shivers down the spine.

  • gora-gora-xabi-alonso

    Is it time to get the Chihuahua face masks out yet?

  • festy_O_semtex

    A fabulous season so far. reality is if we win all our remaining games and Man C and Chelski won all remaining games (excluding games versus Pool), we would still finish 3rd. Rodgers is dead right, a game at a time and see where it leaves us, if we hold our nerve and other teams crack…well who knows. our aim should be ensure that we get to the last game of the season with CL place sown up, anything more is a bonus. The last thing you would want is a scenario where you would have to win your last game and hope for a favour from someone else to get through, that would be nightmarish. As regards the next game v Mancs, forget about form, it goes out window in this fixture, Moyes might be sinking like a stone in water at Utd, but they will fight to the bitter end. We have to go for the 3 points…Happy Days

  • joe mckeown

    Improving week by week. The Red Machine is Revving up.Keep up the good work lads.

  • MyTake

    All the Reds can do is win games. Then it is really in the hands, or should that be feet, of Chelsea and City, with Gooners an outside chance as well. For me this is very much Chelsea’s title to lose now as they have the points on the board and a not to bad run in. City are going to have their depth well and truly tested as they have fixtures piling up, 2 league games behind already, plus a run in the FA cup developing and probably 1 more game in the ECL. I will only think it possible to win the title if we arrive at the final 3 games within a point or two of 1st and not before. Lots of water to go under the bridge till then. C’mon you Redmen and JFT96

  • Rak S

    One step at a time lads.
    It’s been an incredible season so far and I feel 3rd place is within our grasp now, but lets beat the Mancs before we start the title talk. They will be up for it and anything less than 3 points there, will probably mean the title is a step too far.

    After the international break, BR will have 11 days to work his magic with the squad and prepare for the game. The great thing about that is, we’ve used so many formations this season, teams have absolutely no idea how we’re going to play. That kind of tactical flexibility and unpredictability is something that no other teams has!

    Moyes won’t have a clue what to do!!! :)

  • Rabid Red

    I think the thing about Liverpool supporters is that we always dream about the title. The only difference is that now we can do so publicly without being ridiculed.

  • allaboutanfield

    I have to agree that Danny & Coutinho had been the best buy under BR regime. Hope that they can continue giving of their best to Liverpool.

  • Maninder Singh

    You will find many more bro…..many many many more :)