Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers Claims Top Four Is Still Attainable

After Sunday’s dramatic draw 2-2 with Arsenal, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes that his team can still finish within the top four by the end of the league season. Liverpool snatched a draw after an equalizing header from a patched-up Martin Skrtel deep within stoppage time.

“I thought we were brilliant,” said Rodgers.

Liverpool managed to keep possession away from Arsenal, and in doing so, recorded Arsenal’s lowest possession figure since August 2003. However, Liverpool still had problems finishing their chances despite being the dominant of the two clubs.

“To concede three shots on target and dominate possession against one of the top teams in Europe at keeping the ball, was excellent. I saw our ideas starting to return today but we need to make better decisions defensively. We do lots of defensive work religiously but a lot of the goals we give away are poor ones.”

Rodgers accused Alexis Sanchez of cheating to win a free-kick that led to Arsenal scoring just before halftime. Ironically, Brendan Rodgers berated the Chilean despite spending the majority of summer chasing the highly rated winger.

“I didn’t think it was a free-kick. I think Sánchez dived when he realised he was not getting the ball. But to lose three one- on-one headers in the box is not about organisation, it’s about winning duels and we have to be better than that.”

Asked if Liverpool could still qualify for the Champions League via league position Rodgers responded, “Yes, absolutely. That was always going to be a big challenge this season with the teams above us and off course we have to make up points over the next part of the season, but this is a group that can go on a good run.”

Rodgers was adamant that the turn of the new year will be more fruitful, noting that the return of Daniel Sturridge will be a real boost to the rest of the Liverpool squad.

“Last season we won 11 games in a row. Do that again and we can very quickly move up the table. The most important thing today was the confidence in the team and with Daniel Sturridge coming back in January that will give the team a real boost. There is work to do but we are moving in the right direction.”

Pressure is beginning to ease off Brendan Rodgers, and now he will demand nothing less than three points from his rejuvenated Liverpool squad against Burnley on Boxing Day in order to start climbing up the Premier League table.

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