Liverpool are still behind in the Premier League title race in fourth place with 42 points. They’re four points behind third place Chelsea and six points behind league-leading Arsenal. Still they’re in the race just barely past the midway point of the season.
“We’ve got all those teams to play at home, and we’re only six points off the leaders, so you have to feel that we are (in the title race), and we have the confidence and belief in ourselves,” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said, via ESPN FC.
Liverpool showed their strength with a win over Stoke City despite giving up a 2-0 lead at one point.
“It was a wonderful demonstration of mental endurance,” Rodgers said. ”I am sure people sat at home at half-time were thinking ‘this is a true test’ but in the second half we demonstrated emphatically how our game is improving on the pitch – but equally important was the mental personality and fitness.
“I look at it as a game similar to the one at Tottenham (a 5-0 win), a game which sets up a standard for us. At Tottenham it was a wonderful footballing display. Stoke away, in the situation we were in, was a great benchmark of our mental fitness.
“What it gives you is that great belief. We go into any stadium without the fear to play, whatever the opponent. You are not going to win the game purely on ability. There are going to be games when you are not playing as well and you have to find a way to get a result – and that was last weekend.
“Psychology is a massive part, at the elite level of sport it is the edge, and that type of performance and result bodes well in the coming months because each game is very important.”
Date: January 18
Start Time: 10:00 p.m. ET
Location: Liverpool, England
TV Info: NBC, Mun 2
Radio Info: Sirius XM FC
Online Radio Stream: Talk Sport Radio
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
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