Brendan Rodgers post-Cardiff interview — “Outstanding result”

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Brendan Rodgers reflected on Liverpool’s epic 6-3 victory over Cardiff City on Saturday as an “outstanding result”.

Despite going behind twice in the first-half, Liverpool’s attacking threat won the three points, with Luis Suarez scoring a hat-trick in amongst two goals from Martin Skrtel and a Daniel Sturridge strike.

The result keeps Liverpool second in the Premier League, as a three-horse-race for the title appeared to emerge. The Reds are now three points clear of fourth place Arsenal, who lost 6-0 at Chelsea earlier in the day.

Rodgers was delighted with his side’s performance and said the goals were a testament to the hard work his players have put in.

“We were probably a little bit too deep in the first half; we gave too much space to their players that were a threat – Fraizer Campbell and Craig Bellamy did very well in the opening period of the game,” he is quoted on the club’s official website as saying.

“We lost the ball once or twice too cheaply. But we were still an offensive threat; at half-time we just shortened the pitch a bit more and reinforced our idea to dominate the ball. Obviously that led to our creation of chances.

“We showed great resilience today, mentally, and again showed our offensive power. We all stayed very focused and composed.

“It was an outstanding result for us. Some elements of our game were very good today, against a newly-promoted team, which are always difficult to play against.”

With eight games to go in the Premier League this season, Liverpool are four points behind leaders Chelsea, with the Blues still to come to Anfield on 27 April.

But Rodgers refused to be drawn into title talk, saying all the focus is on the Reds’ next game at home to Sunderland on Wednesday night.

“We’re focusing on the immediate future,” he added. “I’ve got to say I’m really looking forward to the Sunderland game. It feels like we haven’t played at home for ages. We had three games away on the spin and it was our fourth away win [in the league this year].

“Wednesday will be a great night for us. We’ve now got five games left at Anfield, with three away from home. Anfield is a special place to play football. So for us, it’s about the immediate future.

“That’s all we can focus on. The fans can believe and dream. And when you come to see your team play away from home and they score six goals, you’ve got every right to do that. They’ve been a big part of our success this year.”

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