Rodgers has Reds believing

Date published: Tuesday 1st April 2014 8:58

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If you didn’t believe that Liverpool seriously had a chance of ending their 24-year wait for a 19th league title then you probably do now.

Brendan Rodgers’ red juggernaut has gathered so much momentum it is difficult to see how it can be stopped.

A tense end to Wednesday night’s victory over Sunderland was soon forgotten as big spending Spurs were swotted at Anfield with considerable ease.

The fans are in dreamland.

Rodgers’ decision to recall Raheem Sterling for Joe Allen proved to be a calculated offensive move that could hardly have worked much better.

The 19-year-old was man of the match with a scintillating performance that demonstrated why he and Phillipe Coutinho are a perfect foil for the SAS.

It is little wonder that Liverpool have scored 88 league goals this term with players of such quality and confidence delivering on a consistent basis.

But success is contagious and to a man there is no one in a red shirt that is not giving his all right now.

As Steven Gerrard walks a tight rope only a booking away from a two-match ban, those around him are hurling themselves into tackles and preventing their hapless opponents from breathing on the ball.

Liverpool have relied on Gerrard for well over a decade so it is only fair that his peers return the favour whilst he navigates a suspension.

With Luis Suarez now on 29 Premier League goals the celebration of his most recent notch tells you everything about morale and belief in the camp.

The Uruguayan may have wanted a move in the summer but his more recent claim that he can achieve all of his aims with Liverpool is starting to look completely justified.

Gus Poyet’s midweek claim that Liverpool would be mid-table without Suarez is at best short sighted.

As well as the beautiful attacking football they produce, Rodgers has created a resolve in his side that is not going to be broken easily.

Last Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over Sunderland probably should have been a lot more comfortable than it ultimately was, but as pandemonium broke out in the stands with 10 minutes to go Rodgers’ workhorses held firm.

Most people had predicted a cricket score pre-match but aside from a workman like effort by the Black Cats, for the first time this year Liverpool looked a little tired.

Given that Rodgers has predominantly utilised just 12 players during the current winning streak that should probably come as no surprise.

Winning the Premier League is far from easy and whilst Chelsea and Manchester City enjoy the benefits of much stronger squads, Rodgers has exerted a maximum return from the best players at his disposal.

There were no signs of fatigue against Spurs however. Only a group of players determined to achieve what no other Liverpool team has managed since 1990.

At the end of Sunday’s victory there was a special moment. As the players headed to the Kop applauding the supporters a spine tingling roar rose out of the stand that will have been lost on no one who was present.

In the universal language of football it said ‘we can do this and we’re all in it together’.

The players know that they have an unbelievable chance to become Anfield immortals, but this is no time to think about what could be.

All that matters right now is victory over West Ham United.

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