Rodgers backs squad to finish job

Brendan Rodgers is confident that his squad can finish in the top four, but has once again deterred talk of a title challenge, ESPN understands.

The Reds’ 5-1 win over Arsenal on Saturday gave them a five point cushion over fifth place Tottenham Hotspur, and also left them just six points shy of league leaders Chelsea.

The Northern Irishman is confident that his young batch of players can cope with the pressure of attempting to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in five seasons.

Meanwhile, Rodgers has told ESPN that he is keen to extend his contract at Anfield, though talks are yet to begin.

He switched from Swansea City in 2012 – three years after Liverpool finished second under Rafael Benitez.

His current deal is set to expire at the end of next season, and he has made it clear that he wants to remain on Merseyside.

Finally, the club out at 15:00 this afternoon whether or not their match at bottom-of-the-table Fulham will go ahead tomorrow evening as scheduled.

A 48 hour tube strike is set to begin today, which would have an effect on staff and security’s ability to get to Craven Cottage.

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