Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool playing catch-up to Arsenal
Brendan Rodgers admits his Liverpool side are playing catch-up to Arsenal as he looks to guide the Reds back into the top four
Brendan Rodgers admits his Liverpool side are playing catch-up to Arsenal as he looks to guide the Reds back into the Champions League.
The Reds, who were beaten 2-0 at Emirates Stadium earlier this month, are only two points behind Arsene Wenger’s Premier League leaders after 11 games.
Rodgers has insisted that Liverpool’s top target is breaking back into the top four, despite their flying start inevitably prompting talk of a possible Premier League title challenge.
And the Liverpool boss admits that his side still have some way to go if they are to develop a philosophy similar to what Wenger has implemented at Arsenal.
“[They] have got their philosophy and understanding of how they work that has been in place for 15 years,” Rodgers told ESPN.
“So we’re playing catch up. We’re looking to introduce our identity to the team. It’s going to take a bit of time.
“I think it’s an exciting thought that we haven’t got near our full potential yet but we’ve collected the points.”
He continued: “For us to be up there in that top four with improvements still to made can be classed as a good start.
“You don’t set out to finish fourth or third. You always set out to win. You have to be realistic as well. It’s unprecedented for any team to go from eighth or seventh to go and win the league. That doesn’t stop us fighting to arrive there.”