Reds are 'keeping their feet firmly on the ground'

Manager Brendan Rodgers says title talk has not surfaced despite four-point lag behind table leaders Chelsea

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 March, 2014, 9:12pm
UPDATED : Friday, 21 March, 2014, 9:12pm


Brendan Rodgers continues to insist there has been no discussion about Liverpool's Premier League title prospects as they look to keep the pressure on at the top of the table.

Liverpool travel to Cardiff on Saturday four points behind Chelsea, with a game in hand and with Jose Mourinho's side still to travel to Anfield.

Last weekend's 3-0 win at rivals Manchester United made it 26 points from a possible 30 since the start of 2014 for Liverpool and sparked renewed talk of a first championship since 1990.

I don't know how good the opportunity is to win the league. There are tough games
Brendan Rodgers 

After the trip to Wales, Liverpool host struggling Sunderland and off-colour Tottenham before travelling to West Ham.

Home games against Manchester City and Chelsea come either side of a trip to Norwich and they finish the campaign with matches against Crystal Palace and Newcastle.

But Liverpool manager Rodgers is adamant that not even the victory at Old Trafford has had his players discussing ending the Anfield club's drought.

"It was a wonderful result, but [there's been] no talk about the title," he said.

"I don't know how good the opportunity is to win the league. There are tough games right the way through. It's a tough game against Cardiff."

Wales midfielder Joe Allen's influence at Liverpool has been limited this season due to injury and the form of others.

But the former Swansea man, 24, has impressed in back-to-back matches against Southampton, and United and Rodgers feels he will have a significant impact on the rest of the campaign.

"The way he presses the ball and looks after the ball; in this country, sometimes it can be frowned upon," said former Swansea manager Rodgers.

"People look for midfield players that are either scoring goals or smashing into challenges.

"Joe is a really intelligent footballer; he understands the ball, he protects the ball really well for the team, and his work-rate and intensity is incredible."

Rodgers has also been boosted by his squad being close to full fitness. France centre-back Mamadou Sakho, who has been out since December with a hamstring injury, was on the bench at Old Trafford, leaving left-back Jose Enrique as the only man injured.

Cardiff kick off second bottom, with only one win in their last six league outings.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has failed to better the results of his predecessor, Malky Mackay, and Cardiff supporters plan to protest against owner Vincent Tan before the match.

They are upset that the Malaysian will not overturn his controversial decision to ditch the club's traditional blue shirts in favour of red, which Tan regards as luckier.

The Bluebirds are without injured defenders Mark Hudson, Ben Turner and Andy Taylor.