Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes West Ham United can beat Manchester City
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted that his side are still in the Premier League title race, just days after he said it was all but over,telling reporters that the title race is “certainly not over.”
Manchester City need just a point from their final game, against West Ham, to win the title (barring an 13-goal swing in goal difference) , but Rodgers told reporters the race is not over, before insisting that his side will learn from this season.
Liverpool sit two points behind Man City, following their capitulation at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace on Monday, and face Newcastle on Sunday.
“This is one of the best pushes for the league we have had as a club for 24 years, and you never know – we are still in it to the very end of the season, it’s certainly not over,” insisted Rodgers.
“The Palace game was probably the lowest I have felt in football, and you could see in the faces of the players how it affected them.
“But a great deal of learning will come out of that game. It is a great reference point for the likes of Jon Flanagan, Raheem Sterling, Joe Allen and Philippe Coutinho.
“All of these players are going to go through this again and they are going to be better prepared for it.”
Much of the build-up to the final game has revolved around former Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, who has been cast as a potential Reds saviour given that his West Ham side play Manchester City.
Rodgers talked up the threat that West Ham pose to City, before insisting that Carroll – who Rodgers clearly did not rate during his time at Anfield – has the quality to beat City.
“If West Ham can go to Spurs and win 3-0, they can certainly go to City and win – especially if you have a guy like big Andy Carroll up front with the quality he has,”
“But if it doesn’t work out, we will learn from those experiences and I can guarantee we will be better next time.
“It’s something as a manager you will use as a reference point and our players will grow from it.”
Liverpool have scored 28 more goals this season than they did last.