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Monday 22 December 2014

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: There's no limit to club's ambition

Top boss: Brendan Rodgers has made Liverpool top four contenders again after taking over from Kenny Dalglish during the summer of 2012
Top boss: Brendan Rodgers has made Liverpool top four contenders again after taking over from Kenny Dalglish during the summer of 2012
Steven Gerrard celebrates after hitting the winner
Steven Gerrard of Liverpool celebrates scoring their third goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Liverpool at Craven Cottage on February 12, 2014 in London, England
Steven Gerrard of Liverpool celebrates scoring their third goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Liverpool at Craven Cottage on February 12, 2014 in London, England.
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring his sides third goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at Craven Cottage, London

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists there are "no limits" to his team's ambition after they closed to just four points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Rodgers has been careful to play down his team's title prospects, and following a 3-2 win at Fulham he was keen to stress the sides ahead of Liverpool would have to falter over the closing months of the season to give the Reds a sniff.

But Steven Gerrard's late penalty winner at Craven Cottage kept up Liverpool's recent momentum, as they stayed fourth, three points ahead of Tottenham.

Chelsea lead the way, followed by Arsenal and Manchester City, but Rodgers is delighted with the progress his players are making.

"It was a great win for us," Rodgers said. "Yet again the team showed great character and we got three points."

Looking at the title race, he added on BBC Radio Five Live: "I think it's still the other teams' to lose. They've more points than us. We'll just go into each game trying to improve on every facet of our game.

"The players are doing magnificently at the moment and we're certainly showing great signs of improvement."

Rodgers certainly does not see Liverpool as a team with nothing to lose, which he made clear.

"We've everything to lose," he said. "We're trying to be the best we can be. There's no limits to our ambition of trying to be the best."

The Liverpool boss expressed concern with some of his team's defending. Kolo Toure's early own goal was clearly avoidable, with the defender guilty of a howling error.

But again Liverpool showed their attacking menace, with Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho both scoring before Gerrard rifled in the late penalty.

"We know we have goals in the team and we're a team that goes right to the end," Rodgers said.

"On Saturday against Arsenal we were 4-0 up after 20 minutes so we know we can get goals in any period of the game.

"Tonight we had to keep passing, keep probing to break through (for the winner) and eventually we got there."

Rodgers paid tribute to captain Gerrard for holding his nerve from 12 yards.

"Steven's peerless in those situations," Rodgers said.

"He's very calm, very cool, and he practises and he works and he studies all the goalkeepers and which way they dive, so when he steps up I know he's prepared."

Fulham 2 Liverpool 3: In Pictures 

Further reading

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard seals Reds' comeback with late penalty against Fulham

 

Rodgers: evolution of Coutinho and Henderson prime examples of strides made at Anfield

Applause for Brendan Rodgers: David Moyes could learn a lot from Liverpool boss

Liverpool hammer sorry Arsenal

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