Feb 14, 2014

    Better team spirit helped us win, say Liverpool


    LIVERPOOL'S new-found character helped them secure a last-gasp 3-2 win at bottom club Fulham in the English Premier League on Wednesday, a game that manager Brendan Rodgers said they would have lost last season.

    Liverpool, who have earned plaudits for their smooth passing style and commitment to attack, were forced to display their grit and determination as they recovered from 1-0 and 2-1 down after Kolo Toure's own goal and Kieran Richardson's 63rd-minute strike.

    And Rodgers explained that a two-goal deficit 12 months ago would have been too high a hurdle to overcome, before adding that team spirit was infinitely better this term.

    "In the first four or five months I was here, we would have lost that game," he told a news conference after fourth-placed Liverpool reinforced their title credentials by moving within four points of leaders Chelsea.

    "But we've now built a way of working and a way of playing. Not only that, but also a spirit and camaraderie that sees us fight to the very end - that's what got us the result," added Rodgers, referring to a last-gasp Steven Gerrard penalty that clinched victory.

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho had described his team as the "little horse" in the title race.

    Rodgers said with a laugh: "I don't know about horses... We might be the chihuahua that runs in between the legs of the horses."

    But Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood, whose team smashed four goals past a hapless Newcastle on Wednesday, is believing none of it.

    He reckoned things will go down to the wire in May, but played down Spurs' chances of overhauling the Merseysiders for a top-four spot.

    Sherwood said: "You'd have to say that Liverpool are favourites. They're up there in fourth at present, but we think we can put a charge together."