Liverpool boss Rodgers welcomes title pressure

Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool will not shy away from the pressure of being the Premier League champions-elect.
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Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool will not shy away from the pressure of being the Premier League champions-elect.

The Reds put forward their best case of taking out this season’s title when beating Manchester City 3-2 at Anfield on Sunday to remain two points clear of second-placed Chelsea and seven ahead of City, who have two games in hand.

Raheem Sterling and Martin Skrtel had Liverpool two goals ahead inside the opening half-hour before David Silva replied and a Glen Johnson own-goal had City back on level terms in the 62nd minute.

However, Philippe Coutinho produced a winner with just over ten minutes remaining, prior to Jordan Henderson’s injury-time red card, as the Merseyside club further enhanced their premiership credentials.

After the triumph, Rodgers told Sky Sports: "The expectancy of this football club is a challenge every day. Our objective is to stay where we are, there is no question about that.

"We've been put under pressure in every game that we've played. But you see the level and the quality of our football - it was fantastic today - so we're clearly coping with it.

"It was a remarkable performance. I thought we were incredible today. I think the world watching that would see a team with so much spirit and so much quality.

"It showed you the character in this group to come back, to get our composure again and to score a brilliant goal.

"We were well on top in the first half, 2-0 up and could have been more. But they have got top players, and top players respond and show character and they got themselves back into the game.

"I said before the game that it was a significant game and it may end up being a significant one, but we've got Norwich next week.

"It's about enjoying this because Man City are a wonderful team. We'll recover well and we're not going to vary from what we've always done, which is to concentrate on the next opponent."

 
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