Liverpool morning news, midfielder hails will to win, Lucas on return to Champions League

Joe Allen Liverpool

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

Liverpool’s 3-2 win over Norwich City yesterday meant that the Reds have won 11 consecutive Premier League games, taking them five points clear at the top of the Premier League going into the final stretch of the season.

Midfielder Joe Allen hailed Liverpool’s will to win yesterday as they saw out the nervy closing stages at Carrow Road.

The Welshman told the club’s website: “It felt great at the end – it was tough at times in the second half. Credit to Norwich, they pushed us until the very end but it’s three more points.

“You try to keep your composure as much as you can, but mentally that was very tough. But I think it showed the character, strength and personality we’ve got, to make sure we held onto those three points.”

Lucas Leiva has said it is the first time since his arrival at the club that he really feels the side has a chance of becoming champions.

He told the club’s website: “The last few years have been so difficult for us and the fans as well. We still haven’t done the job, but one thing we have achieved is the Champions League – it was the main target for us at the beginning of the season – with no qualifiers, straight to the group stage.”

Manager Brendan Rodgers congratulated the players for reaching the Champions League for next season after yesterday’s win – and revealed he used the words of Hillsborough campaigner Margaret Aspinall in his team talk.

He said: “We used words from Margaret Aspinall, where she said, ‘Stress is difficult but also good because it gives you a determination to fight’.

“Before the game we stuck those words on the wall. This is a club that is at one with those who fought to achieve their ultimate goal.”

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