Liverpool 4 Tottenham 0: Pressure is on rivals Manchester City and Chelsea, says Brendan Rodgers, despite Liverpool topping the Premier League table

Reds go top for the first time since Christmas after thrashing Spurs

Anfield

Brendan Rodgers said on Sunday night that there was greater expectation on Liverpool’s title rivals after his side thrashed Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 to take the leadership of the Premier League and the upper hand in an absorbing title race.

Should Liverpool win their remaining six games, including the one against Manchester City at Anfield on 13 April, then they will win the club’s first league title since 1990. Walking into his press conference on Sunday, Rodgers said unprompted, “No, we can’t!” before he was asked about his club’s title prospects, although even he is finding it difficult to play down Liverpool’s chances of a 19th league title.

Asked whether the pressure was likely to be greater on others, including City, Rodgers said: “I believe so. I don’t think anyone expected us to be where we are. We finished the last two seasons eighth and seventh. I don’t think anyone expected us [to be challenging]. We go to every game to win but what has been great to see has been the idea and methodology of our work bearing fruit in the game. There are some great teams up there and world class managers so we understand it’s going to be difficult, but we just do what we can do and see where it takes us.”

Liverpool still have Chelsea to play at Anfield on 27 April, as well as City, and now have eight straight wins in the Premier League. Rodgers said: “There is no doubt they understand this is going to be a real tough place to come. We love playing here. The support today was incredible and that is only going to intensify as the season goes on. It works for us rather than against us. 

Suarez and Sturridge equal the original SAS

“We respect Chelsea, they have a world class manager, top players and the squad has been put together over the last 10 years to win the Champions League and the Premier League. City are one of the new superpowers in European football. But we feel that we can win any game, because we are a team. We may not have the best group of individuals but we have a lot of hunger in the team.” 

Asked whether he felt his team was about to make history, Rodgers said that there was no pressure on him.

“I don’t feel anything! I just feel a huge privilege to be here and be given the freedom to work. We are trying to make something that is sustainable here. I think it is fantastic the supporters now have hope ... I quite enjoy it really. It is why I worked hard in my life and since I was a young boy travelling around Europe to find out about some of the top teams. This is why I became a manager.”

Liverpool 4 Tottenham Hotspur 0 match report

It was another difficult afternoon for Tim Sherwood who spent the game in the directors’ box and was subject to chants from his own fans of “We’re s*** and we’re sick of it” and then, “Where’s our manager?” His team conceded early through a Younes Kaboul own goal and then lost Jan Vertonghen to injury before a mistake by substitute Michael Dawson let in Luis Suarez for the second. Philippe Coutinho and  Jordan Henderson scored in the second half.

Sherwood said: “They are entitled to having their opinion. Listen, I have sat up there for the last few games and I get a better view of the game and it is a learning curve for me. When the team is not doing well they want to see you. They know me well enough to know that I am not shirking any responsibility here.

Premier League Sunday - as it happened

“I am in it with the team and it is my responsibility as well as [that of] the guys on the pitch. At 2-0 and the game going away from us, and then 3-0, I think I learn more about my players by sitting up there and getting a good look, rather than getting involved and maybe getting myself in trouble on the touchline.

‘We see enough of me ranting and raving and it is time for me to start assessing and taking a step back and looking at what we need to do for the future, because our performances against teams in the top four, anyone above us, have not been good enough.’

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Billie Piper as Brona in Penny Dreadful
tvReview: It’s business as usual in Victorian London. Let’s hope that changes as we get further into the new series spoiler alert
Life and Style
A nurse tends to a recovering patient on a general ward at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham
health
News
science
Arts and Entertainment
No Offence
tvReview: No Offence has characters who are larger than life and yet somehow completely true to life at the same time spoiler alert
News
Chuck Norris pictured in 1996
people
Arts and Entertainment
Sarah Lucas, I SCREAM DADDIO, Installation View, British Pavilion 2015
artWhy Sarah Lucas is the perfect choice to represent British art at the Venice Biennale
News
A voter placing a ballot paper in the box at a polling station
i100
News
people
Arts and Entertainment
The Queen (Kristin Scott Thomas) in The Audience
theatreReview: Stephen Daldry's direction is crisp in perfectly-timed revival
Sport
football
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
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

General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'
Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

Flesh in Venice

Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
11 best anti-ageing day creams

11 best anti-ageing day creams

Slow down the ageing process with one of these high-performance, hardworking anti-agers
Juventus 2 Real Madrid 1: Five things we learnt, including Iker Casillas is past it and Carlos Tevez remains effective

Juventus vs Real Madrid

Five things we learnt from the Italian's Champions League first leg win over the Spanish giants
Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

Whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket, says Stephen Brenkley
Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power