Liverpool may have gone two points clear at the top of the Premier League on Sunday and have destiny in their own hands, but Brendan Rodgers is still not thinking about the title.
At least not publicly. Following Liverpool’s comfortable and hugely impressive 4-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield, the Reds manager claimed that his main aim is to continue winning games.
However, the Northern Irishman admitted that the club’s supporters are ‘dreaming’ of their first championship triumph in the Premier League era.
"The dream is for our supporters, they want to win the title - but it is not in my thinking, my thinking it is to prepare the team and perform well and if we do that, we can continue to win games and then we can see where that takes it," the 41-year-old told Sky Sports.
Perhaps privately Rodgers would be thinking otherwise. At the start of the season, Liverpool’s main aim might have been finishing in the top four and making it through to the 2014-15 Champions League, but as the campaign unfolded, their targets shifted.
Liverpool went to the summit back at Christmas and have now regained that spot. And just at the right time as well. If they win their final six games, then they will win the championship.
It’s not going to be easy, though. Manchester City will visit Anfield on April 13 and two weeks later Chelsea will arrive on Merseyside. Liverpool have dropped five points at home all season, but they are certain to face stiffer tests from those two teams than they have against the likes of Spurs.
Yet Rodgers has prepared his players well enough to deal with pressure and to follow their gameplan thoroughly, whether be that City, Arsenal or their next opponents West Ham United.
"In terms of ourselves that (winning our matches) can only be our concentration,” he said. “There are some big opponents in this league, you can't worry yourself about other teams.
“Our next job, and my next job, is to analyse West Ham and that is our focus. We have won eight games in a row and we are enjoying it, we will just enjoy it as it is a fantastic performance and now we just concentrate on the victory and concentrate on next week's game."