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Rodgers not surprised by Arsenal as he looks his side to make a statement

Brendan Rodgers addressed the media ahead of the clash with Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday lunchtime.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said he isn’t surprised that Arsenal have lasted the pace so far in the Premier League title race ahead of their clash at Anfield on Saturday.

The Gunners currently lead the Premier League table by two points from Manchester City and Chelsea with Liverpool a further six points back.

At his pre-match press conference, Rodgers said: ‘Over the last 15 years they’ve been in the top four so they’ve shown they have the makings of being up there season after season. They have some outstanding players, a world class manager who’s been round the block for many years so it doesn’t surprise me.’

The Liverpool boss seems to be relishing the prospect of taking on Arsenal this weekend, but admitted that his side didn’t play well enough in the reverse fixture at the Emirates – where Arsenal won 2-0.

‘It’s another big game for us and I feel that in the big games, the bigger they are sometimes the better we’ve played. The Tottenham’s, the Everton’s the Manchester United’s.

‘Certainly, for this game we’re looking to take our confidence and belief that we have at home to put in a performance that will hopefully get a win for us, and move us up to that 50 point mark.

‘These types of games are an opportunity to make a statement of the progress we’ve made.’

Liverpool are set to have the same members of the squad available as in their 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion last weekend – a result that Rodgers is looking for his team to bounce back from, but has said that a number of key defensive players are getting close to fitness.

‘All you can do is come back into work after a poorer performance and work hard. This game is massive and could give us a big push.’

Glen Johnson is making a great recovery, hopefully he'll be back next week. Same with Daniel Agger. But Sakho is out for a bit longer.’

image: © Bernard C

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