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Brendan Rodgers demands response from Liverpool

By Carl Markham

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists the team remains on track with the targets he has set, but knows they cannot afford to lose momentum in the crucial month ahead.

Despite the weekend's 3-1 defeat at Hull dropping them to fourth in the table the Reds boss does not think that has adversely affected their overall position.

With seven matches to come in the next 30 days Rodgers knows there is plenty of scope to consolidate their position inside the top four, but also accepts any slip ups could be magnified over a packed festive programme.

Liverpool have an ideal chance to bounce back with successive home matches against Norwich and West Ham, games they are expected to win, this week and Rodgers is keen for them to respond.

"In the time I've been here we've never lost two league games on the spin and that's really down to the positivity of the players and how they can bounce back and recover after a defeat," he said.

"It's that type of league; if you lose a game, you can drop a few places. If you win a couple of games on the spin, it will keep you up there.

"Our idea was to get through to the midway point being in and around the top positions, which we have been until now.

"I always have to look at the bigger picture and, for me, the bigger picture is still very bright.

"At this moment in time, we sit fourth; if we win on Wednesday night, we could be second again.

"We're not here to be second or great losers, we're here to win. We've shown that we have the capacity to do that consistently now.

"The only way you can respond is to put your head down, take whatever comes and work tirelessly to get the result."

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