Brendan Rodgers Claims Liverpool Can Still Win Title over Manchester City

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistMay 5, 2014

Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers takes to the touchline before his team's English Premier League soccer match against Chelsea at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Sunday April 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is refusing to give up on the Reds' dream of winning a maiden Premier League title this term, insisting that leaders Manchester City have a tough week ahead.

Manuel Pellegrini's men face Aston Villa on Wednesday evening before playing host to West Ham in Sunday's end-of-season climax, but Rodgers believes his side can still pull off a revival, per The Guardian's Andy Hunter:

It is a tough ask for City. To play three games at this stage of the season that really, really matter is a real tough ask. Aston Villa are an incredible team on the counterattack and better away from home, and West Ham on their day can be a really difficult opponent.

Manchester City need to win all their games which means they will have won five games in a row and they have done that only once this season, so it will be a wee bit new for them. It is certainly not over by a long way. If we can win our two games then it could go a long way to deciding whether we finish top or not. But it is about concentrating on our game against Crystal Palace.

City's result [at Everton] won't deflate us because we know we have to win against Palace no matter what. We know we have to win at Palace and win against Newcastle. That hasn't changed and that is our focus.

Liverpool's 2-0 loss at home to Chelsea a week ago created the opening for City to climb level on points with the Merseysiders, but their superior goal difference gives them a decisive advantage in the title hunt.

The official Premier League Twitter account illustrates just how tight things are at the top:

Pellegrini's outfit haven't held down first place for consecutive weeks at any point in this campaign but are reaching a patch of good form just when their closest rivals may be dropping theirs.

However, as strong as those top three contenders may seem, Bleacher Report's Graham Ruthven feels that Chelsea ought not to be discounted quite so easily following this weekend's 0-0 stalemate against Norwich City:

Rodgers' side have been the Cinderella story of the campaign, surging to the head of the table despite the fact that not many were tipping the club for trophy honours amid their bigger-spending peers.

And Rodgers is well aware of how strong his squad has become both on the pitch and off of it, with Liverpool having scored the same number of goals as City this term, only losing out when it comes to goals conceded. He adds:

Manchester City won the league on goals scored a couple of years ago. That's why, when I came in here, I spoke about a team that could score goals because ultimately that is what it could come down to. We scored 47 goals in the first year I was here and now we have 96. That is what gives us the chance. We could sit and get the team to defend and not want to score but ultimately it's the team that scores the goals that will win.

It's an endearing sentiment from the Northern Irishman, not just to Liverpool fans but also to all fans of football in general. It gives the impression that Rodgers wants not only to see his side haul in silverware, but also to give the supporters their money's worth all the while.

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Until winning a maiden Premier League crown is deemed a mathematical impossibility, it seems there is no deterring the Liverpool chief when it comes to his desire in seeing his men savour the fruits of their labour.

For now, though, both he and the masses will have to lie and wait, doing all they can to ensure their bid is strengthened over the next 180 minutes of football, hoping that those around can only do less.