Liverpool boss backs players to win title on goal-difference

Brendan Rogers Press Conference Smiling - 16/02/2014

Brendan Rodgers has urged his players to do what they have done best this season, and score their way to the title.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said his team can still win the title even if rivals Manchester City win both of their remaining games.

City sit top of the Premier League following their 3-2 win at Everton on Saturday, and face Aston Villa and West Ham United in their final two fixtures. Manuel Pellegrini’s men boast a superior goal difference with 59, nine ahead of Liverpool on 50.

But Rodgers is backing his team to do what they have done best this season, and score enough goals to ensure the club win their first title in 24 years on goal difference.

“If there is any team that can score goals and turn it around, it will be us,” Rodgers said in his pre-match press conference.

“That will be our aim. We aim to score goals and be defensively strong. I have seen it before. Chelsea beat Wigan 8-0 in the last game of the season (in 2010).

‘I am not paying any disrespect to Newcastle at all — but what we are saying is if there is a team that has shown it can score goals, it is us. We are not a 1-0 team. That is what gives us the chance. It’s the team that scores the goals that will win.”

Liverpool have scored 96 goals this season, the same as City, but have conceded nine more than the 2012 title winners.

The Reds have scored four goals or more 11 times in Premier League games this season, with deadly attacking duo Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge scoring 50 times between them.

Rodgers also believes that two winnable games on paper, against Aston Villa and West Ham, may turn out to be very tough for City.

‘Manchester City need to win all their games — they will have won five games in a row and have only done that once this season, so it will be a wee bit new for them as well. It is not over by a long way.’

Defeat at Crystal Palace on Monday would see Liverpool all but concede the trophy to City, as Brendan Rodgers seeks a ten-goal swing in their favour to deliver an 18th league title to Anfield.

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