Liverpool latest: Rodgers takes pressure off his stars as Ayre rules out Suarez exit... again

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A round up of the latest news stories and transfer rumours about Liverpool from the past 24 hours.

Brendan Rodgers says all of the pressure is on Manchester City when the teams meet for the mega Premier League game this weekend.

“The pressure is on City because they have spent money. They have invested well to win the league and win the Champions League,” said Rodgers.

The boss has also called on the fans to play their part in the huge tie, creating an intimidating atmosphere for City to come and play in which has been all too daunting for some big sides already this season.

“The supporters will be really looking forward to that one - The atmosphere will be magnificent. We’ve just got to go and play our game and keep that composure and calmness that we’ve been playing with,” he told the Liverpool website.

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has played down the idea that Luis Suarez could leave the club this summer. Suarez signed a new deal earlier this season but that hasn’t stopped reports that Real Madrid are still considering a world record deal to sign him.

“There has been a lot written about Luis and he is a fantastic individual and we know he loves this club and the fans and has repaid anything he has done wrong in full - I think when you have a player like Luis, that is going to be a perennial issue,” Ayre is quoted by ESPN.

Reported Liverpool transfer target Yann M’Vila has been told to forget about Liverpool and focus on Rubin Kazan as he’s not good enough for the Premier League leaders.

“He has to prove his value and work like everyone else. I don't mean that he doesn't work, but we can see that he misses France,” Rubin coach Rinat Bilyaletdinov told France Football.

Midfielder Jordan Henderson has played down the magnitude of this weekend’s game against City, suggesting it’s just like any other game. The England man says it’s naïve to focus on just one game and important to look at the remaining five games the club has this season.

Brendan Rodgers says he’s loving every minute of life at the Anfield club. Rodgers has done superb work getting the current side to a position where they could win the league, with a place in the Champions League for next season secured.

“I’m loving every minute of it. This is brilliant. I may not have been in this position before but I have been in football a long time,” said the boss.

Former Liverpool star John Aldridge is backing his old side to get the better of Manchester City at Anfield this weekend. A win for Brendan Rodgers’ men would put them in a dominant position to win their first league title since 1989/1990.

“If we win it’s firmly in our hands and that momentum can carry us home over the final four matches. Chelsea will be watching and hoping it’s a draw,” he wrote for the Liverpool Echo.

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