Brendan Rodgers: No pressure on Liverpool


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Liverpool and Tottenham are squaring off this weekend and it is an important match. Tottenham is in sixth place and five points ahead of Manchester United for a Europa League berth. Liverpool are on a string of seven wins and in second place in the thick of the title race.

Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood questioned Liverpool’s ability to maintain their composure down the stretch.

“They’re very, very close – one point off the lead and absolutely flying,” Sherwood said, via Sky Sports “They’ve got a strike partnership in Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge that’s the best the Premier League has seen for a very long time, and they’ve given themselves a real chance.

“Now they have to believe they’ve got something that might fall through their grasp and slip away and – believe me – that’s a real bad feeling to have because perhaps you don’t play with the freedom you’d played with earlier in the season. I know what it’s like myself.

“There was no expectation on us being where we are, so there’s certainly no pressure.” – Brendan Rodgers

“It all depends on how they can hold their nerve. City and Chelsea have to be favourites because of the players they have who’ve crossed that line and done it previously.

“But Liverpool have gone from seventh last year and must be believing they can actually win this Premier League title.”

Liverpool still have to play Manchester City and Chelsea, probably the two top challengers for the Premier League title, down the stretch. Fortunately, both those games occur at Anfield. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is speaking out against that claim and is reiterating that there is no pressure on Liverpool because they’ve already exceed expectations. He takes it a step further to call out Tottenham and how they’re spending spree has failed to put them in contention for the title.

“We’re very relaxed,” said Rodgers, via Sky Sports. “We’re focused.

“There was no expectation on us being where we are, so there’s certainly no pressure.

“I suppose the likes of Tottenham are a team who were maybe looking to be challenging for the league this season. You spend £100m-odd – it’s a group that’s set up to challenge.

“There’s certainly no pressure on ourselves, and I think we’ve shown that over the course of the season. We’re playing with no fear.”