Brendan Rodgers urges Liverpool to heed Man City warning
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Manchester City's draw with Sunderland proves there are no easy games
Brendan Rodgers has warned Liverpool that nothing is guaranteed after Manchester City dropped points in the Premier League title race.
The Citizens were surprisingly held to a 2-2 by Sunderland at Etihad Stadium despite Fernandinho giving the home side an early second-minute lead on Wednesday night.
Last night was a warning sign for everyone that at this point of the season, nothing is guaranteed.
Liverpool are two points clear of Chelsea and a further six ahead of City, with the Reds making the trip to relegation-threatened Norwich City on Sunday.
And Liverpool manager Rodgers wants his players to learn lessons from the Citizens’s slip-up against 20th-placed Black Cats.
“It doesn’t fall into place, you’ve got to make it happen [the title]. There were two things that came out of last night,” Rodgers said at his pre-match media conference.
“It shows the level of our performance against Sunderland. We were very, very good in the game up until the last 15 minutes.
“But we were able to manage the game and get three points which was important.
“Last night was a warning sign for everyone that at this point of the season, nothing is guaranteed. I’ve said that all the way along.
“Crystal Palace [who Liverpool play in May] had an excellent result last night. Sunderland were within minutes of getting a great victory.
“That was the biggest message I got last night. Our rivals my have dropped points but it’s irrelevant, you’ve got to win your own games.”
Rodgers added that Liverpool won’t change their approach despite a two-point lead at the top of the table, with the Reds boss eager to cement qualification for the Champions League.
“[Our approach is] the same as what we dealt with in the very first game of the season really,” Rodgers added.
“There’s no added pressure. There’s no less or more pressure than when we had then.
“We’ll still look to win the game at the weekend and we’re still having a check with reality in terms of where we are at.
“We’ve made great progress this season and our objective to qualify for the Champions League was always going to be a very, very difficult one because of the competitive nature of the league.
“But we’re still on course for that. If we can get a win at the weekend, that would rubber-stamp it.”