Rodgers rejects 'mid-table' tag without Suarez, labelling it 'disrespectful'

Brendan Rogers Press Conference Smiling - 16/02/2014

Brendan Rodgers addressed the media ahead of Liverpool's Premier League clash against Tottenham at Anfield on Sunday.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has rejected any assertion that Liverpool are a one man team after Sunderland boss Gus Poyet suggested the Reds would be a mid-table side where it not for the performances of Luis Suarez.

Rodgers highlighted that ever since he arrived at Anfield the side has won games without several different key players – and said it would be disrespectful to other members of the squad to say their good season is down to one player.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Tottenham’s visit to Anfield, Rodgers said: “It’s about creating a collective spirit and quality to our game and that’s what we’ve done.”

Rodgers has insisted that his focus is only his side and not their rivals with his side firmly in the title race - one point behind league leaders Chelsea - with seven games remaining. He praised the character of his players for seeing out Wednesday evening’s game against Sunderland after the visitors reduced the deficit to one with 15 minutes to go, but the Reds came through, winning 2-1.

“There was no expectation on us being where we are so there’s certainly no pressure from ourselves.

“We’re playing with no fear and I feel that we showed that in the main the other night.

“I’ve got to give credit to the players because we showed the other night that we can win in a different way and dominated the game. By the end of it we showed great resilience and we actually managed the game very well to see out the result.”

Rodgers has confirmed that all of the players who were available for the midweek win over Sunderland are available again this weekend for the visit of Tottenham and anticipates a difficult game this weekend despite the 5-0 hammering his side handed out to Spurs earlier on in the season.

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