Chihuahuas, little horses, jaguars and foals — title race zoo

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Brendan Rodgers has described Liverpool as “the chihuahuas that run in between the horses’ legs” in response to questions about his side’s Premier League title credentials.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Wednesday, February 12, 2014: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates his side's dramatic 3-2 victory over Fulham with Jordan Henderson during the Premiership match at Craven Cottage. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
Brendan Rodgers celebrates his side’s dramatic 3-2 victory over Fulham with Jordan Henderson. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The joke refers back to Jose Mourinho’s comments last week in which he labelled Chelsea the “little horse” of the title race, and Manchester City a “jaguar”.

After Liverpool’s 5-1 victory over Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday, Rodgers had described the Reds as a “foal”.

Liverpool’s dramatic 3-2 victory at Fulham on Wednesday night means the Reds are now just four points off league leaders Chelsea, with 12 games to go.

Rodgers was delighted with his players’ character to come back from a goal down twice in the game at Craven Cottage to win it with a Steven Gerrard penalty in injury time.

“I think it’s still the other teams’ to lose,” Rodgers is quoted by the BBC as saying on the title race. “They’ve more points than us.

“We’ll just go into each game trying to improve on every facet of our game.

“The players are doing magnificently at the moment and we’re certainly showing great signs of improvement.

“We’re trying to be the best we can be. There’re no limits to our ambition of trying to be the best.”

The very different, but very impressive and important, victories over Arsenal and Fulham this week have got fans talking about the Reds’ title chances again, and there is certainly a buzz about Anfield.

However, it is very close at the top. Liverpool sit in fourth place — a point behind Manchester City in third, who have a game in hand, three points behind second place Arsenal, and four off Chelsea.

Behind Liverpool, Tottenham continue the chase for fourth place. Tim Sherwood’s men are just three points behind Liverpool.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Wednesday, February 12, 2014: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring the third goal against Fulham from the penalty spot during the Premiership match at Craven Cottage. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring the third goal against Fulham from the penalty spot . (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Steven Gerrard was cautiously optimistic on Liverpool’s title chances following the mid-week win at Fulham.

He is quoted by the BBC as saying, “If we’re still in the mix when the Champions League restarts, then who knows what might happen?

“They have all got big Champions League games while we’ve only got to think about one game a week.”

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