Liverpool 1 Man United 0: We aren’t title challengers, insists Brendan Rodgers
Liverpool 1 Man United 0: Brendan Rodgers insists the Reds aren't title challengers after beating the reigning champions
Brendan Rodgers played down talk of Liverpool challenging for the Premier League title this season after the Reds beat Manchester United at Anfield.
The Merseyside outfit secured a 1-0 victory over the defending champions and moved to top of the table following Daniel Sturridge’s fifth goal of the season in the fourth minute.
Although Rodgers feels the win against the Red Devils highlights the progress his side are making, the Reds boss is adamant talk of a title challenge is still premature.
“It’s another step [forward] for us. I mentioned in the press the other day, since we last played Manchester United in January, we had both played 18 league games and there were only two points difference,” Rodgers told a post-match news conference.
“Obviously they went on to become champions and we suffered because of our form in the first half of the season.
“But today was another indicator that the winning mentality we’re growing and evolving all the time in the group is becoming stronger. You could see from the reaction that the togetherness is very good and that is going to be important for us this year.
“We drew too many of the big games last year and we lost home and away to Manchester United, so today was another step to show we’re going in the right direction – but there’s still a long way to go.”
He added: “We won’t be getting carried away. We’ve got a lot to improve and a lot of work ahead of us.
“The initial challenge this year is to try and get into the top four and be in the conversation for that for as long as we can. I don’t think we can look at anything beyond that for a long time yet.”