Rodgers: Everton have their own reasons to win

Brendan Rogers Press Conference Smiling - 16/02/2014

Brendan Rodgers addressed the media ahead of Liverpool's trip to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Monday evening.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said Everton have their own reasons to beat Manchester City this weekend, not just to help out their near neighbours in the title race.

Plenty has been written about how Everton could potentially do Liverpool a favour in the title race because if Manchester City fail to leave Goodison Park with all three points this weekend, the initiative is handed straight back to the Reds ahead of their trip to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace on Monday.

Rodgers admitted he will be watching the game, and he believes there could be another twist in the title race.

At his pre-match press conference ahead of Monday night's match, he said: “I’ve read some bits and pieces on Everton not wanting to do Liverpool a favour. Make no mistake Everton in their own right are a great club. They’ve done really, really well this year – in particular at home, and they’re fighting for a Champions League position.

“For us, we will do what we’ve always done and concentrate on the next game and if we go on and win our two games, which will be tough games, we’ll just see where it takes us.

“We still have to do our job. The Everton-Manchester City game is a tough game for both teams.

“For us, the focus is on ourselves because we can’t rely on anyone, we have to do our own job and our job is to get three points at Crystal Palace. Anything other than that isn’t worth worrying about to be honest.”

Rodgers has said they will assess the fitness of Daniel Sturridge over the next 48 hours after the striker only came on as a second half substitute during last Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea.

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