This week saw two seemingly conflicting comments come out of Anfield on the club’s ambitions for the remainder of this season. Brendan Rodgers was first up on Tuesday stating it was ‘too early’ for his team to win the title while reiterating the top for was always their aim. However following consternation amongst red’s fans he felt the need to follow up with clarification in a skysports interview. Rodgers sought to quell any unease by stating he was not happy with their current position [fourth] but that he had honestly answered when asked could they win the league this year. The Liverpool manager went on to say that despite his belief the team remained ambitious and would seek to finish as high up the table as possible.
Meanwhile in his pre-match interview Luis Suarez was quoted in The Mirror as saying "Arsenal are the leaders in the table and victory would be good for morale, give the whole squad an enormous injection and reduce the points difference at the top,"
With Liverpool fans seeing this as a player whose mind is still firmly fixed on lifting the premiership trophy. Suarez would go on to state "It's rare that everything could be decided on the last day, but we must keep going and to ensure that happens we need results against the other main candidates,"
This winning mentality on and now off the pitch is perhaps the reason Luis Suarez is the top rated footballer in Europe this year and has endeared himself to Liverpool supporters.
I can’t help but question the wisdom of the manager’s comments ahead of their vital home game against the league leaders Arsenal on Saturday. One can only assume he is still smarting after the clubs failure to bring in reinforcements during the transfer window.
Is Rodgers right? Or should he portray the never say die attitude of his star strike.