After Manchester United victory, can Liverpool challenge for title?

Brendan Rodgers

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers says there are still 35 games to go, refuses to get carried away following victory over Manchester United.

Despite a successful summer window shop, a significant triumph over reigning and defending Premier League champions Manchester United and a two-point lead at the top of the division, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has downplayed the club's chances of claiming a first crown in 24 years and insists the club's primary objective is to qualify for next season's Champions League.

'[There are] 35 [Premier League games] to go, we won't be getting carried away… we've got a lot of work ahead of us,' said Rodgers, who orchestrated a 1-0 victory over bitter rivals United at Anfield yesterday, Sunday, thanks to a third successive winner from clinical striker Daniel Sturridge in the fourth minute.

Liverpool's start to the current campaign is, on current form, perfect. They are the only club since Chelsea in the 2010-11 season to win all three of their opening league games without conceding a goal.

Despite the immense form of Martin Skrtel, Liverpool have supplemented their defence by bringing in two defenders this morning, Monday, as both Sporting Lisbon's Tiago Ilori and Paris Saint Germain's Mamadou Sakho signed permament deals at the Merseyside outfit for a combined fee of £24m.

This, on top of the acquisitions of Kolo Toure, Simon Mignolet, Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto has seen Liverpool embark on one of the most successful windows for any Premier League participant.

Rodgers, though, maintains that the aggressive recruitment drive was not to enhance the club's title credentials, but to merely compete for a lucrative Champions League qualification spot.

'The initial challenge is to get into top four and be in the conversation for that as long as we can, and I don't think we can look anything beyond that for a while yet.'

As for Liverpool's involvement in the early season market, Rodgers said: 'We need that depth, they are quality players and they'll help us move forward.'

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