Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers targets 23 points to secure fourth place

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is confident his side can cope with pressure of top-four race

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Brendan Rodgers has targeted 23 points from Liverpool’s next 10 games ahead of their clash against Swansea City on Monday night.

The Reds are unbeaten in 12 Premier League games since mid-December, including wins against top-four rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.

We have to be aggressive in our game and now we have to nail it in the last 10

Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool face the Swans at Liberty Stadium before games against their top-four rivals Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea in their remaining 10 top-flight games.

Rodgers, whose side face Blackburn Rovers in their FA Cup quarter-final replay at Ewood Park next month, is confident his Reds players can cope with the pressure.

“We have 30 points to play for so I am guessing it will be another 23 points [to make the top four],” Rodgers told Liverpool Echo. “That is how competitive it has been this year.

“We have won nine and drawn two of the last 11. It has been a great run but now we have to be focused on these last 10 matches.

“Everything counts. We have to be aggressive in our game and now we have to nail it in the last 10. I know the players are focused on that.

“Last season will help us. We dealt really well with the pressure. We won 12 out of 14 in the run-in and it was unfortunate that we lost one [against Chelsea]. Okay, that was the one that mattered but it wasn’t through not being able to deal with pressure. We were unlucky that day.

“We conceded right at the end of the first half and then right at the end of the second half. We dealt with pressure remarkably well and our game is based on that. We play a technical game and that is a big part of why my teams do well in the second part of the season.

“Our game is based on dealing with pressure because [the players] have the courage to play, so when it comes to these moments, we do well with it.

Liverpool have failed to win at Liberty Stadium in three attempts since Swansea were promoted to the Premier League in 2011.

Rodgers was responsible for guiding the Welsh outfit into the English top-flight before he took over the reins at Anfield in May 2012.

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