Reds-letter day. Now for an 11th win
HAVING put English Premier League title rivals Manchester City to the sword on Sunday, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has urged his players simply to keep going.
"We've been put under pressure in a very big game against a big opponent, but you can see from our football that we are coping," said the Northern Irishman, whose side won their 10th consecutive league match by beating City 3-2 at Anfield.
"My message to the players is to continue. We don't need to change. We played with no fear. You can see that, whether it is the big opponent like Manchester City or at Norwich City next week.
"Manchester City have still got a couple of games in hand, but to win 10 successive games in the Premier League is a great achievement, and hopefully 10 will become 11 next week."
Sunday's game between Liverpool and City had been billed as a title decider, but City manager Manuel Pellegrini insisted his team can still regain the Premier League title they lost last season.
The result left them seven points behind the Merseysiders with two games in hand, the first at home to bottom club Sunderland tomorrow.
"We are still going to fight," the Chilean told Sky Sports after his team were downed by a 78th-minute Philippe Coutinho strike.
"A lot of things will happen between now and the end of the season. If we win our two games in hand, we will be a point behind Liverpool, who still have to play Chelsea. The title does not finish today."
Chelsea remain second, two points behind Liverpool following a 1-0 win over Swansea on Sunday.
Pellegrini has good reason to remain optimistic. Four of City's final six games are at home, where they have won 14 of 15 league games this season.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard also warned against assuming that the title race was done and dusted. The 33-year-old has never won the Premier League title and he had tears in his eyes as he called his colleagues to a post-match huddle while the home fans' celebrations raged around them.
"Nothing is ours yet," he told Sky Sports. "The important thing now is not to get carried away with that result."
Asked to describe the occasion, which also marked the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, when 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death during an FA Cup semi-final at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium, Gerrard replied: "Emotional."
He added: "That win means so much. They got back into the game, but I think we showed today that we want to go to the wire. We want to go all the way.
"That's the longest 90 minutes I've probably ever played. It felt like the clock was going backwards in some parts of that game."