Liverpool manager Rodgers confident despite injuries and successive defeats

Published December 31st, 2013 - 01:13 GMT

Despite suffering back-to-back defeats against two major title challengers, Brendan Rodgers is still confident of maintaining the push for the first Premier League title. Liverpool were top of the table on Christmas, but two successive defeats have pushed them down to fifth place in the space of a few days. This coupled with wins for Arsenal, Manchester City, and Chelsea during this period has seen Liverpool drop six points behind the table leaders.

Liverpool's primary ambition at the start of the season was not to challenge for the title, but to finish in the top four. They remain on course to achieving this objective, but Rodgers does not see a reason for Liverpool to challenge for the title having done well so far. According to Sky Sports, he said:

"I think it's open. Christmas Day eating our turkey we were top of the league.

"A few days and games later we're fifth. I think that's the way it will go between now and the end of the season."

This is turning out to be one of the open title races in recent years. Liverpool have failed to win the title on the last three occasions when they have been top on Christmas. They have already lost five league matches and statistics do not bode well for Rodgers.

At this moment, Rodgers will be more concerned about the piling injury list. Glen Johnson, Mamadou Sakho, and Joe Allen join the injured list that already has the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard.

Rodgers may look towards entering into the transfer window to add some depth to the squad, which he reckons will prove to be the difference in the second half of the season. He continued:

"We've shown in the first 19 games this season that if we get players back, get some help in January with a few more players, we can be in the shake up here.

"Hopefully we can add to it and get some depth to the group, because that is something that really helps you in the second part of the season."

Liverpool could have coped – especially due to the lack of European football – with such an injury crisis at any stage in the season apart from December. The squad will not get a breather until the end of the FA Cup match against Oldham Athletic.

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