Brendan Rodgers fired a title warning at both Manchester City and Chelsea after his team routed Tottenham 4-0 at Anfield on Sunday to leapfrog Jose Mourinho’s Blues, which lost 1-0 at Crystal Palace, to the top of the Premier League table. Liverpool is now in first-place with 71 points, two ahead of Chelsea and four ahead of City, but Manuel Pellegrini’s men have two games in hand.
City and Chelsea both still have to travel to Anfield, and Rodgers knows that these encounters -- on April 13 and 27, respectively -- could effectively be title deciders. Nevertheless, the Liverpool boss maintains that his men will be confident, having taken 43 points from a possible 48 at home so far this season, while averaging nearly 3 goals per game.
"There is no doubt they [City and Chelsea] understand this is going to be a real tough place to come," Rodgers said. "We love playing here and the support [against Spurs] was incredible -- that's as good as I've heard at Anfield since I've been here – and it's only going to intensify. We respect Chelsea, they have a world-class manager and top players, and City are one of the new superpowers of European football, but we feel we can win any game. We have a lot of hunger and our confidence and belief is high."
Regarding the 4-0 win, Rodgers added: "It was an exceptional performance by us. We showed everything we have been working towards in the last year and a half and our dominance in possession, in particular, was very impressive. You can see the confidence in the side and they are great to watch."