Liverpool morning news, Rodgers urges side to show courage, comments on duo's future

A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Friday morning.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has backed his side to show courage ahead of the final six games of the season, as the Reds travel to West Ham on Sunday to continue their quest for title glory.

Rodgers is quoted in the Daily Mirror saying he wants his side to keep playing the same way as they have done this season, which has seen his side notch up 88 league goals so far, and wants his players to keep their focus.

He said: “If you ask players to play as we do, you have to give them the confidence – that is what you want, the courage to play.

“It is very difficult, lots of people are dreaming about Liverpool winning the title.

“It’s been about simple hard work and focus and concentration. There are only 18 points to play for, but you can only take three at a time. Upton Park will be a tough game, but our confidence and belief is at a good level.”

The Reds boss has also been commenting on summer signings Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas who have struggled to make an impact during their first season at Anfield, and have been competing for first team chances along with youngsters such as Joao Carlos Teixeira.

Rodgers is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “Luis is working hard but we’ve had young players coming in and making an impact like Joao, who has been exceptional. I’m always look at the dynamic of the squad and it changes from week to week depending on the game.

“I’ve got the utmost respect for Iago and his professionalism. He keeps working, he has a great character and mentality.

“We will see where we’re at with him come the summer.”

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