Liverpool 3 Manchester City 2: Attention is now on Norwich, as Brendan Rodgers refuses to get ahead of himself with Liverpool topping the Premier League table

Rodgers could be forgiven for looking ahead but the Reds' manager is taking Premier League title charge one step at a time

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is trying to keep things on an even keel despite victory over rivals Manchester City edging the Reds closer to a long-awaited title.

The 3-2 win at Anfield - which the hosts had led 2-0 in the first half - leaves the Merseysiders just four matches in which to end a 24-year championship drought but City boss Manuel Pellegrini believes the race is far from over.

And although the victory over City was undoubtedly significant, Rodgers insisted next weekend's trip to Norwich was of equal importance.

"The message is just to continue," he said after a 10th-successive league win - only the sixth occasion the club has managed such a feat.

"We don't need to change. We play with no fear, whether is a big opponent like Manchester City or Norwich next week."

 

Rodgers paid tribute to his side's strength of character after they looked to be wobbling when David Silva and a Glen Johnson own goal cancelled out strikes before the break from Raheem Sterling and Martin Skrtel.

"Getting pegged back to 2-2 we may have gone on to lose that game when I first came in here but we dusted ourselves off and went again and the level of some of our football was so good we ended up getting a terrific goal," he added.

"The performance level of the players was sensational - to dominate as we did in the first half with that energy and intelligence was remarkable.

"We showed our resilience to see it through. Ten wins in succession is an incredible achievement and against all the odds we are where we are and are still fighting."

Liverpool 3 Manchester City 2 match report

City now trail the table-topping Reds by seven points and two matches in hand is not enough so they are now relying on a favour from someone else.

"It is not the end of the Premier League. The most important thing today is now it is not dependent what we do in the future," Pellegrini said.

"If Liverpool win their four games maybe they deserve to win the title but we will continue fighting until the end."

They may have to continue that fight without influential midfielder Yaya Toure who was forced off with a hamstring injury early in the game.

He will be assessed by the club's medical staff on Monday but if the problem shows any degree of seriousness it could put the remainder of his domestic season in jeopardy, although it would still leave him enough recovery time to be fit for this summer's World Cup.

Pellegrini defended the decision to play Vincent Kompany, who had been a doubt before the game after sustaining a knee injury in training on Saturday.

Gerrard admits win was 'the longest 90 minutes' of his career

The City captain lost Skrtel for the second goal and his misjudgement allowed Coutinho to rifle in the winner but his manager did not accept that was down to a fitness issue.

"It is difficult to know," added the Chilean.

"He warmed up and said he was perfect to play and didn't have any problems."

PA

Suggested Topics
News
A poster by Durham Constabulary
news
Arts and Entertainment
books New York Times slammed over summer reading list
Sport
Cameron Jerome
footballCanaries beat Boro to gain promotion to the Premier League
Arts and Entertainment
Performers drink tea at the Glastonbury festival in 2010
music
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine