For many, Liverpool are the surprise package in this season’s Premier League, but manager Brendan Rodgers is not surprised at all.
With just 11 games left of the league season, Liverpool sit in fourth place, closer to the top of the table than to fifth place and the Europa League.
With no European distractions and out of the FA Cup, Liverpool are free to concentrate all their efforts on the league and ending their two decade wait for a league title.
That being said, no-one at Liverpool is getting carried away and Rodgers is still claiming that merely regaining their Champions League place is what they are focused on.
Four places off top spot, Rodgers, however, is not surprised.
He told TalkSport
When we spoke to the owners when I decided to come here, I certainly wanted to be challenging for the Champions League by the time we were in our third year. I knew there was a big job to do at Liverpool.
“Working with the players, I’m not surprised, because I see how much they put into it and the qualities they have. Sometimes in the press this season, I’ve maybe been deemed to be playing down our hopes and expectations.
“But it’s an authentic look at where we’re at. We’ve probably moved ahead of where I thought we would be this season – some of our play has been exceptional – but there are still areas of the team that I feel we need to improve on.
“Certainly, where we are at the moment with 11 games to go, it has been a wonderful season for us. But we’ve still got a lot of work to do.”
Liverpool travel to Southampton this weekend in Saturday’s late kick-off. They will be looking to build on their excellent home for and keep up with the leading pack as the race for the title enters the final stretch.by