Liverpool boss Rodgers not obsessing about Tottenham's Bale
Rodgers is keen to focus on his side and the progress they have made.
"Bale is a phenomenal player both for his club and his country and now he is at the top of his game," he said.
"We will always prepare but they have other good players as well and we will analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the team - but for us the main concern is ourselves and bringing our own game into it.
"We've played 28 games: after 14 games we were 12th in that first period but if you take the points total for the following 14 we would be third in the league.
"It is going how I felt it would go, which would be improvement as the players became accustomed.
"There has been some pain along the way but that was always going to happen this year."