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Liverpool morning news: Rodgers coy on title talk, striker on good form

Also, Lucas on the past two weeks

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has avoided any mention of his side becoming title contenders after this weekend’s 4-1 win over West Bromwich Albion.

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The Reds currently lie third in the table, two points behind Arsenal at the top – who they meet at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening. Rodgers said: ‘We are taking each game [as it comes]. After 10 games you have a little look but we will assess it as we go along.’

Striker Daniel Sturridge has praised the help of psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters behind his good form. Dr Peters has been praised for his work with British Cycling and the help behind their success. He also said that former Chelsea team-mate Didier Drogba had a few words to say to him as well.

Sturridge said: ‘Steve has helped a lot in terms of mindset. He’s all about self-belief: don’t go out there with the mentality of trying to do something, just let it happen.

‘I saw Didier in Miami this summer. He said the strongest thing an individual footballer can have is the mental. It’s not about the tactical, it’s not about the technical, it’s not about the physical. If you believe in yourself that will set you apart.’

Midfielder Lucas Leiva believes that he is showing signs of his best form this season – nearly two years after suffering a knee ligament injury.

The midfielder reflected on the ‘one of the best two weeks of his life’ which has seen him recalled to the Brazil side and become a father for the second time.

He told the club’s website: ‘I’ve been reading a lot about me and when I will be back at my best, but I think my season has been good so far, to be honest. There has been a change in system and I’ve changed my role a bit. People sometimes don’t see it but I know I’m an important player for the team.’

The Brazilian also had a few words to say about Luis Suarez after he scored a hat-trick against West Brom this weekend.

‘He’s already one of the best players in the world and hopefully he will be the best in the world soon. He has shown commitment in every game and his desire to win.’

image: © Sanjiva

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