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Rodgers: We Are Title Contenders

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists that his side is a real threat in the English Premier League title race.

The Reds currently occupy fourth on the league table, four points behind third placed Chelsea, five behind second placed Manchester City and six behind league leaders Arsenal, but still Rodgers insists his team are title contenders.

“We've got all those [top] teams to play at home, and we're only six points off the leaders, so you have to feel that we are in the title race, and we have the confidence and belief in ourselves,” said Rodgers.

“Of course, everyone will talk about the three clubs in front of us because they've got squads that have been around there for years and have big squads to choose from.

“For us it's a case of continually improving and working, and trying to fight to be up there.”

Rodgers added that the mental strength of his team will play a key factor, and it was none more evident than in last weekend’s 5-3 win over Stoke City.

Liverpool took a 2-0 lead before being pegged back to 2-2 at half time, but a stunning second half performance finally saw the Reds run out 5-3 winners.

“It was a wonderful demonstration of mental endurance,” added Rodgers.

“I am sure people sat at home at half-time were thinking 'this is a true test', but in the second half we demonstrated emphatically how our game is improving on the pitch - but equally important was the mental personality and fitness.

“I look at it as a game similar to the one at Tottenham (a 5-0 win), a game which sets up a standard for us.

“At Tottenham it was a wonderful footballing display. Stoke away, in the situation we were in, was a great benchmark of our mental fitness.

“What it gives you is that great belief. We go into any stadium without the fear to play, whatever the opponent.

“You are not going to win the game purely on ability. There are going to be games when you are not playing as well and you have to find a way to get a result - and that was last weekend.

“Psychology is a massive part, at the elite level of sport it is the edge, and that type of performance and result bodes well in the coming months because each game is very important.”

Liverpool are next in action in the English Premier League on Saturday against Aston Villa.

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