Rodgers: 'We're nowhere near the finished article'

Brendan Rogers Press Conference Smiling - 16/02/2014

Brendan Rodgers addressed the media ahead of Liverpool's midweek Premier League match against Sunderland.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said his side are nowhere near the finished article despite his side being firmly in the title race this season.

The Reds entertain Sunderland at Anfield on Wednesday evening, where a win will take them to within a point of league leaders Chelsea.

Liverpool go into the game on the back of six consecutive league wins, the latest of which came against Cardiff City, with the Reds running out 6-3 winners in the Welsh capital.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunderland's visit, he said: “We’re far from being perfect. I think Saturday showed that. The first half we were still a threat going forward but some of our positioning defensively wasn’t so good.

“We’re nowhere near the finished article but whilst we’re learning and whilst we’re improving we’ll hopefully continue to pick up the points and see where it takes us.

“We’ve still got a hell of a long way to go before we’re near to where I want us to be, but certainly we’re making strides in order to get there. We’re on the right path that’s for sure and the players are playing with no fear and real enthusiasm.”

Reports surfaced over the weekend that Daniel Sturridge may be in line for a new contract but Rodgers has said there will be no contract talks for any player, or himself, until the end of the season.

Glen Johnson was also quoted in the national press this morning saying that neutrals may want his side to lift the Premier League title this season.

When questioned about the subject, the Liverpool manager replied with: “We’ve probably taken a lot of plaudits for the improvements that we’ve made, not only that but how we’ve gone about it.

“I think that people enjoy watching us but more importantly for me it’s important that the Liverpool fans appreciate what we’re doing throughout the world and I think at this moment in time they’re happy with the developments they’re seeing.”

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