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Rodgers: Anfield inspiring Liverpool title challenge

ESPN staff
April 1, 2014
Brendan Rodgers feels Liverpool have a mental edge over their title rivals © Getty Images

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes the club's record and support at Anfield is giving them all the encouragement they need to be crowned Premier League champions this season.

Liverpool stormed to the top of the table on Sunday by demolishing Tottenham 4-0, and have now won eight straight games as well as 14 of 16 matches at Anfield during the campaign.

With fellow title challengers Manchester City and Chelsea still to visit Anfield, Rodgers feels his side have the mental edge over their opponents in their pursuit of a first league title in 24 years.

"It's a swing in mentality. When you have a home ground like Anfield, and you've got the army of supporters that we have, you've got to really own the field. This is our pitch, our supporters, our ground, so our mentality is to own it," Rodgers told the club's official website.

"We've got an aggressive mentality at home, to win, to score goals and equally to defend. You put those things together, along with the supporters - who were immense [on Sunday], arguably the best atmosphere I've felt at Anfield - and it's a really strong force that you have.

"It's great oxygen for us, as a team and management."

While Rodgers continues to insist that winning the Premier League is not on the minds of his players, he will not prevent the fans from thinking they can end their long wait for a championship.

"It's great that the supporters have got that belief. That's so important for them, it's vital that they feel they can dream," he said.

"For us, our focus and composure and mentality is just to work hard, because there's a process to dreaming. You've got to get the work done, or else it doesn't happen.

"We just narrow our focus onto each game. It's brilliant for the supporters to come to Anfield now to see their team win and see their team play dominating football."

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