Football: Title burden sits well with Rodgers

Football: Title burden sits well with Rodgers
English Premier League, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers gestures to his fans.

LIVERPOOL - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insisted his side can cope with the growing expectancy at Anfield as he urged them to return to winning ways against Norwich City.

The Reds have been labelled as potential Champions League qualifiers, and even outside Premier League title contenders after an impressive start to the campaign.

Liverpool suffered a surprise 3-1 defeat by Hull City in their last Premier League outing after a lacklustre display at the KC Stadium, which acted as a stark reminder that Rodgers's side are far from the finished article.

The Reds have never lost two league games in succession since the Northern Irishman was appointed, though, and he backed his players to respond positively against Norwich on Wednesday.

"The expectancy here is to win every game," Rodgers said. "That's the reality of being a Liverpool player or manager. Over the course of this year, we've been very good.

"We've upgraded on a lot of parts of our performance that we wanted to do. We've got an exciting team.

"In the time I've been here, we've never lost two 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.

"You can't dwell on it. You've got to refocus and reset and go again, and that's what we will look to do.

"I always have to look at the bigger picture and, for me, the bigger picture is still very bright. We just need to get over the disappointment - which we will do. We can cope with the pressure here."

Rodgers is poised to include Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho in his starting line-up after he played just under 30 minutes in the 3-1 defeat against Hull City but striker Daniel Sturridge (ankle) has been ruled out for six weeks.

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