Saturday 10 May 2014
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is looking for his team to finish a "remarkable" season on a high when they take on Newcastle United at Anfield on Sunday.
Rodgers admits that Manchester City are expected to pip his side to the Barclays Premier League title against West Ham United but, while he foresees difficulties in the leaders taking on West Ham, he is more focused on the task in hand for his side, for whom victory over Newcastle is essential if they are to have any hope of a first championship in 20 years.
"To get 16 wins out of 19 at the weekend would pencil in a great return for us at home"
"The expectancy is that Manchester City will win, but it certainly won't be easy for them, going into that last game, no matter what result you need," Rodgers said. "They'll want to win the game but West Ham will want to finish on a high note as well and they know they have the players that can cause problems.
"West Ham have got some really talented players. If you can go to Tottenham and win 3-0, you can certainly go to Manchester City and win, especially with guys like big Andy [Carroll] up front, with the quality that he has.
"They have got a really good defensive record. Fourteen clean sheets show that they are a very difficult team to play against. But our focus is on ourselves and if we do that job, then I'll be happy."
Liverpool have won 15 of the past 18 Barclays Premier League matches at Anfield this season with a brand of attacking football that has brought 51 goals for the home fans to cheer. Rodgers wants this to continue for the final day against Alan Pardew's team.
"We can only take care of ourselves; tick our box, to win the game and finish off on 84 points, and finish off – however it ends up – a remarkable season for us," he said. "First and foremost, we can only concentrate on our job – our job is to win the game. Alan [Pardew] will come and want to finish the season strongly.
"We know that it's a tough game, but the combination of us at home and our supporters has been fantastic. For us, to get 16 wins out of 19 at the weekend would pencil in a great return for us at home."
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