Liverpool morning round-up, Rodgers eyes second spot, Henderson on second half improvement

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A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Tuesday morning.

Liverpool kept up the pressure in the race for the top four with a 1-0 win away to Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium last night, keeping them two points behind fourth place Manchester United ahead of their meeting at Anfield on Sunday.

Jordan Henderson fortuitous strike was enough for the Reds to claim their first win at the Liberty Stadium after a pretty sloppy first half, but manager Brendan Rodgers seems to be setting his sights a little higher than getting into the top four.

He told reporters after the game: “The aim is to finish as high as we can. Everyone talks about fourth, but it's the same every year for me; we do the best that we can do.

“I think Manchester City's result at the weekend gives us an opportunity to finish second. So, our mentality, and the confidence we have during the run we are on, we're just going to take that into every game and see where it takes us.”

Henderson revealed after the game that Rodgers had a few words to say about the Reds first half performance, but there was a significant amount of improvement in the second half.

The manager also made a tactical switch in midfield in order to match up against Swansea's midfield diamond which caused Liverpool some problems in the first half, where they could have counted themselves fortunate to go in a half time at 0-0.

The vice-captain told Sky Sports after the game: "We knew second half that we needed to go out and put in a better performance. I felt as though we did that. We passed the ball a lot better and created a few chances as well.

"Also, we were solid at the back. Overall, we're delighted with the three points and we're going to look forward to Sunday [against United]."

The result means the magnitude of an already big fixture has intensified given what is riding on the fixture for both sides at Anfield.

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