Brendan Rodgers: ‘Excited’ Liverpool won’t show nerves against Man City
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists his side are feeling excited about their potential title decider against Manchester City
Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool are excited about their potential Premier League title decider against Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday.
The Reds are front-runners to lift a first-ever Premier League crown after moving back to the top of the table thanks to a 2-1 win at West Ham United last weekend.
There’s talk about pressure but for us, it is excitement. We’re really enjoying where we are. It isn’t by accident
With Liverpool on the brink of ending a 24-year wait to lift the top-flight crown, the Reds’s ability to cope with the pressure of being leaders continues to be questioned.
However, Rodgers feels Liverpool will still have plenty of points to play for in their remaining games even if the Citizens triumph on Merseyside.
“It is a significant game, there is no doubt about that,” Rodgers told his pre-match media conference.
“The two teams have done extremely well this season in their own different ways. There is still a lot of work to do after it. The finishing line is still a way to go.
“It should be a fantastic game of football. For us, our focus is on three points because that is all that comes out of the game. We’ll gain confidence and belief.
“There is five games to go but even after this, there is 12 points to play for. We’re really looking forward to it. It should be a fantastic game.”
Rodgers continued: “It is vitally important [to remain calm] and I think we showed that last weekend.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game [against West Ham]. We went 1-0 up and a disappointing goal was given against us.
“In the second half, we showed great composure and went on to win the game.
“There’s talk about pressure but for us, it is excitement. We’re really enjoying where we are. It isn’t by accident.
“Over the last 20 months, we’ve been building to get where we have. We’re looking to try and sustain it over a longer period.
“We’re enjoying it and the players are calm.”