Rodgers admits defeat in Liverpool's title chase

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Brendan Rodgers feels that the league title is now beyond his side's reach, but still believes they will be influential in the destination of the trophy.

After the past weekend's games, Liverpool find themselves eight points off of top spot in the Barclays Premier League.

This weekend, they face league leaders Arsenal at Anfield in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off, but Brendan Rodgers has already admitted defeat in the Reds' hunt for a 19th league title.

Chelsea's victory on Monday night saw them extend the gap between Liverpool and the top three, but the Reds remain in 4th place, which would provide the opportunity to qualify for the Champions League next season.

As the league slips further from Liverpool's grasp, Rodgers has reiterated that it was not the club's target to win the league this season. Indeed, at current they are set for a return to UEFA's flagship competition after an extended absence.

Rodgers told Sky Sports News on Wednesday: "For us this year, no. We wouldn't be challengers for it (the title). Will we play a part in it? Yes, we will, because we are professional and we want to fight to finish as high as we possibly can," said Rodgers, who joined the club in June 2012.

"But, if I'm asked to give an honest answer, I'd probably say that this year is too soon for us."

Since the appointment of the former Swansea City boss, the Anfield club have witnessed continued improvement, finishing 7th in Rodgers' first season at the helm.

Consistent investment and a focus on a blend of youth and an emphasis on attacking, exciting football, have seen Liverpool rise to 4th this term. It's something that Rodgers is keen to build on.

"We look it and there are six points between us and Chelsea, so there is still a lot to play for and we will be fighting right until the very end."

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