Rodgers adamant Reds incapable of ending 24-year wait for league trophy

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 09 February, 2014, 9:45pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 09 February, 2014, 9:45pm


Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists his team cannot win the Premier League despite apparent evidence to the contrary in their stunning 5-1 victory over former leaders Arsenal.

The Anfield side raced into a 4-0 lead in the opening 20 minutes of Saturday's game; the start of an outstanding performance that hauled Liverpool to within six points of the league summit.

Earlier last week, Rodgers had claimed a top-four finish - and the Champions League next season - was his side's only realistic goal, and he clung to his position after the game.

We've been outstanding for a big part of the season ... But you only have to look at other teams around - the money that Man City have
Brendan Rodgers

"Yes," said Rodgers, when asked if he still believed Liverpool were incapable of ending a 24-year wait for a league title. "You only need to look at our squad - that's an indication.

"We've been outstanding for a big part of the season. In the main, the consistency and quality of our game has been incredible and the objective has always been to finish as high as we can.

"But you only have to look at other teams around - the money that Man City have, you only have to look at who Arsenal had on the bench today [Saturday].

"We will keep focused and keep concentrating, and I want to be in a position where we can really challenge for the title one day. The players have been incredible and we hope to continue that development and see where it takes us.

"We were brilliant today. It was a wonderful performance in such a prestigious game between the two teams and it's another marker for us that we're improving all the time."

Martin Skrtel, from two set pieces, Raheem Sterling, and Daniel Sturridge produced the first four goals before Sterling added his second and Liverpool's fifth early in the second half.

Mikel Arteta claimed a consolation for Arsenal from the penalty spot, but it was an afternoon to forget for Arsene Wenger's side, who entertain Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

"Overall our performance was just not good enough for me," said Wenger.

"Maybe it's better I don't talk too much, go home, and respond on Wednesday night because I put myself in that performance.

"I understand completely why people will question us, but it's not about what people say, it's how we respond that matters … Of course, we can still win the title. Whatever happens, it is mathematically possible."