Manuel Pellegrini’s side have won all eight of their home league games, including scoring six against both Arsenal and Tottenham, and the Reds boss thinks it is their title to lose
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists his side have “no fear” about facing Manchester City, despite describing the title as Manuel Pellegrini’s to lose.
Last season’s runners-up are the only team to boast a 100 per cent record at home after eight games – scoring a staggering 35 goals in the process after notching six against both Tottenham and Arsenal.
But Rodgers, whose side are top heading into the Boxing Day clash, says his squad have confidence in themselves and will look for all three points away at a title rival.
“We arrive there with no fear,” Rodgers is quoted as saying by The Guardian.
“We outplayed Manchester City last year, home and away. We had two draws and we should have won both games but we will go there with every respect for them. I believe with the squad they have, it is their title to lose.
“We will go there and be aggressive and to press the football. We had 23 shots on goal against Cardiff. They will have seen from Cardiff and from Tottenham [who Liverpool beat 5-0], that we can score goals.”
Rodgers is refusing to get carried away with Liverpool being top at Christmas for the first time since 2008-09 as he is aware that three of the past four times the club boasted such an advantage they ended the season empty-handed.
“I always think that every team has the chance to win the Premier League,” he said.
“The Premier League is not only Liverpool and Manchester City. Tottenham will continue fighting. Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton are playing good football and will fight for the title until the end.”