Belfast Telegraph

Monday 14 July 2014

Rodgers looking for league consistency

Brendan Rodgers would have preferred to play sooner after the Zenit St Petersburg game

Liverpool's exit from Europe may have presented an uncomfortable couple of days for the players, but manager Brendan Rodgers insists it gave everyone a chance to reassess their season.

Victory over Zenit St Petersburg last week was not enough to prevent the Reds' last chance of silverware disappearing as a result of the away goals rule. It may be a cliche but it meant Rodgers' side have to concentrate on the league, and he is hopeful they can bounce back quickly and lift themselves up from a disappointing eighth position.

"Certainly it gave us a reflective period to look at the league and focus solely on that, because that's ultimately where we want to have the consistency," said the Liverpool boss, whose side have not played since the Zenit match nine days ago.

"When you play as well as we did against Zenit, of course you want the next game sooner rather than later but it wasn't to be.

"We had a period of time to recuperate physically and mentally. The players have been outstanding in training, some of the intensity and quality has been great to see from a coaching perspective.

"We're going into the final run-in now and we really want to push on in these last 11 games.

"With the form that we've shown, with the Swansea game (a 5-0 victory) and in particular the Zenit game - the performance level against a very good side was fantastic - we just want to keep that going."

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