Brendan Rodgers hails “relentless” Liverpool and hints at title challenge

Brendan Rodgers was delighted with his side’s rampant 4-0 victory over Fulham at Anfield on Saturday afternoon, and dropped another hint that he believes his side are in the race for the league title.

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An own goal from Fernando Amorebieta gave Liverpool a first half lead, before Martin Skrtel and Luis Suarez added a second and third very shortly after. Suarez scored again soon into the second half to become the Premier League‘s joint leading top scorer.

The result moves the Reds up to second in the league table, just two points behind league leaders Arsenal, who travel to Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5Live after the game, Rodgers dropped his second hint in a week that he believes the club are challenging for the title, rather than just the top-four.

He told the BBC reporter, “Our intensity and pressure was excellent today which resulted in the goals and delighted to keep a clean sheet.”

“We’re over our good start now and still playing well so we’re up there [near the top of the table] to challenge.”

Chelsea‘s draw at West Brom today means Liverpool move two points clear of their rivals from London, whilst Southampton‘s victory over Hull means Mauricio Pochettino’s men are just one point behind the Reds.

Rodgers also spoke to the club’s official website after the game, excited by his team’s seventh victory of the season.

“If you tag that onto our form from January,” Rodgers told them, “It shows we’re collecting points. When I first came in here, there was vulnerability in games like this – there seemed to be nervousness around the group for some reason.

“But over time, our mentality and focus in the games is good, and we’re becoming relentless in these types of games. That’s what Liverpool is about; the energy and that commitment to winning games are there.

“You’ve got to give massive credit to the players because they’ve got to put in the work and they’re doing it.

“We played very well. Our appetite in the game was outstanding – there was a real hunger to get the ball. We had over 30 shots on goal so it was a really dominant performance, very pleasing.

“Against Palace we were in a similar sort of position and we were too slow in the second half, and the game just petered out.

“They have good players and if you’re not aggressive enough in your press and coordination of your team, they can get goals. They have shown that.

“For us, it was about our hunger and to continue to turn the screw. We did that very well.”

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