Rodgers ready to 'unleash' Liverpool supporters

Brendan Rogers Press Conference Smiling - 16/02/2014

Brendan Rodgers addressed the media ahead of Sunday's clash with Manchester City at Anfield

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said the club can ‘unleash’ the supporters on their opponents this weekend as title rivals Manchester City visit Anfield on Sunday lunchtime.

The Reds have only dropped five points this season at home this season and it promises to be a red-hot atmosphere for the visit of Manuel Pellegrini’s men.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of the game, Rodgers said: “It’s a very, very difficult place now for people to come and play and I sense a real nostalgia about the place at the moment. It’s a feel of the old Liverpool.

“It’s a significant game, there’s no doubt about that. It’s two teams that have done extremely well this season in their own different ways but there’s still a lot of work to do after it. I said last week that the finish line is still a way to go. It should be a fantastic game of football and for us our focus is on the three points because at the end of the day that’s all that comes out of the game.

“It’s vitally important we stay calm against City. We showed that at West Ham last weekend."

The Liverpool boss was asked how he was sleeping ahead of this week’s encounter, where a win would stretch their winning run to 10 games and put the destiny of the Premier League title in their own hands.

He answered: “Pretty well. It’s what we work for as coaches and managers.

“It gives me great joy coming in here every day to work with the players, to see their ideas and how they’ve embraced them and how they can take that on to the field so I’m sleeping very, very well. I just look forward to coming into here every single day and the beauty for us is that this game is at Anfield.”

Despite his side currently sitting at the top of the Premier League table, Rodgers has said the priority is to make sure of qualification for next season’s Champions League.

The manager of the month for March added: “Our objective is the same. We want to qualify for the Champions League, only then can we think of other things.”

Rodgers confirmed that Daniel Agger will return to the squad this weekend after missing last weekend’s victory against West Ham with a knee problem.

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