Brendan Rodgers urges calm but wants “a real cauldron” at Anfield for Spurs clash

Brendan Rodgers has called upon fans to remain calm in their hopes of Liverpool winning the Premier League title, but says they still have their part to play.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, March 26, 2014: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates after his side's 2-1 victory over Sunderland during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
Brendan Rodgers celebrates after his side’s 2-1 victory over Sunderland during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool go into this weekend’s round of fixtures in second place, just one point off league leaders Chelsea.

The Blues are away to Crystal Palace, whilst Manchester City, currently third, face Arsenal at the Emirates stadium.

Both games are on Saturday, before Liverpool host Tottenham Hotspur in the Sunday 4pm kick-off.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, the Northern Irishman asked fans to not get carried away with title talk.

“My message to the fans is to enjoy it,” he said. “We need the fans to stay calm. I know when you want something so much that’s easier said than done.

“They haven’t been in this position for a while. I can understand that sometimes there is that wee bit of trepidation and fear.”

Echoing some of his comments made on Friday in his pre-match press conference at Melwood, Rodgers said it was important the long-term vision for the club is maintained.

He added, “What we’re looking to put in place here isn’t just for one season. We’re looking to put something in place for the longer term in order to have sustainable success.

“We’re hoping that last season was the beginning. It maybe didn’t seem that way in the first four to six months but we did a lot of the groundwork last year and we’ve been evolving ever since.”

Thousands of fans greeted the Liverpool team bus when it pulled down Anfield Road towards the Main Stand before Wednesday night’s 2-1 victory over Sunderland.

Rodgers is hoping the same passionate support will be heard for Sunday’s clash against sixth placed Spurs.

He continued, “The atmosphere at Anfield can be a real cauldron and now we really need our army of supporters to really get behind us.

“If a player makes a mistake then encourage him. That’s so important because if they get that encouragement then they will get on the ball again.

“Amazing support at home is something we’ve had all season. Let’s make sure in these last remaining games it continues along that way. Don’t be frightened to really enjoy it because as players and staff we will.”

Liverpool v Tottenham gets underway at 4pm on Sunday 30th March 2014 and is live on Sky Sports 1 in the UK.

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