Rodgers: Liverpool proved we can handle the pressure of a title run-in

Statement from Liverpool boss may cause rival fans of Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal to listen up, but they may not agree.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers remains confident the club can challenge for the Premier League title this season.

Speaking to The Sunday Mirror, the Northern Irishman claims the Reds have already proved themselves.

He said: "There is only an excitement and a belief inside the club that we can challenge again for the title this time.

"We proved last season that we can handle the pressure of a title run-in.

"I know people will point to the Chelsea and Crystal Palace games, but they should look instead at our last 14 games.

"Twelve wins, one draw, one defeat. That kind of form usually wins you the title. So I know we can cope with the pressure. What we didn't get was that wee bit of luck you need along the way."

Rodgers has acknowledged what we are just about to do, but to claim the Reds have shown they can handle the pressure, simply is not true.

Liverpool sat five points clear at the top of the league with three games to go, before imploding, losing 2-0 at home to Chelsea, and letting a 3-0 advantage slip against Crystal Palace, to draw 3-3.

The Liverpool manager's confidence has to be admired, but it may be better if he admitted the club still had it all to prove.

The form over the past 14 games can't be knocked on an overall level, and nor can their second placed finish, but there is no escaping the season felt like a disappointment considering their late collapse, given where they were.

Handling pressure is all about seeing out the big moments at crunch time, and the questions will remain until the Reds are in a similar circumstance - and see it through to win the title.

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