Data shows Liverpool on course for fourth, but “no title race” says Rodgers

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A graph released by our friends at Kickoff.co.uk illustrates how Liverpool are ahead of target for finishing fourth in the Premier League compared to clubs in previous years.

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The graphic shows Liverpool’s progression this season, and that they have always been either on course, or ahead of track in the race for that fourth lucrative Champions League spot.

Liverpool currently sit fourth in the table after 24 games, two points ahead of fifth place Everton, and three points ahead of Tottenham behind them.

Chelsea are third and after their 1-0 win at Manchester City on Monday night, are six points ahead of the Reds.

Liverpool host league leaders Arsenal this Saturday, with Chelsea and Man City both still to come to Anfield before the campaign is up too.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, January 28, 2014: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers substitutes Jon Flanagan during the 222nd Merseyside Derby Premiership match against Everton at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Although manager Brendan Rodgers is delighted with his team’s progress this season, he doesn’t believe they are amongst the title contenders—saying that a leap from last season’s finish of seventh, to first, is too big.

“I think for us, as a team, it’s too early for that [to be winning the title],” Rodgers told Sky Sports.

“I was at the Manchester CityChelsea game the other night and I look at the squads they have, which they have built up over the last few years. and it’s very difficult for us, even though we have competed right the way through the season.

“So, I wouldn’t say for us this year, no. We wouldn’t be challengers for it.”

“Will we play a part in it? Yes, we will, because we are professional and we want to fight to finish as high as we possibly can,” he said.

“We look it and there are six points between us and (second-placed) Chelsea, so there is still a lot to play for and we will be fighting right until the very end.

“But, if I’m asked to give an honest answer, I’d probably say that this year is too soon for us.”

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Nevertheless, Rodgers is relishing the opportunity to play the top three, who his side lost to away from home earlier this season.

“Will we play a part in it? Yes, we will, because we are professional and we want to fight to finish as high as we possibly can,” he added.

“We look it and there are six points between us and (second-placed) Chelsea, so there is still a lot to play for and we will be fighting right until the very end.

“But, if I’m asked to give an honest answer, I’d probably say that this year is too soon for us.”

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