Liverpool have no nerves for Manchester City clash, insists Rodgers

The Northern Irishman has urged his side to keep their composure against Manuel Pellegrini’s men on Sunday and says the Anfield crowd can help inspire the Reds to victory

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists his side have no nerves as they prepare to face Manchester City in the Premier League.

The two sides clash at Anfield on Sunday, in a game many are billing as a title decider with just four points separating the two teams at kick-off, although Manuel Pellegrini’s men have played two games less than their rivals.

Rodgers says his side are looking forward to the game and has urged his men to maintain their recent form that has seen them win their last nine games in a row.

“We have no nerves, we have been enjoying it this week, and there has been a great feeling around the training ground this week,” he told reporters.

“It’s vitally important to keep our cool and calm. We showed that last weekend with great composure when decisions went against us at West Ham.

“For us it’s exciting, we have been building to get where we are and we are looking to sustain it in the longer period.”

The Reds have lost just once at Anfield all season in the Premier League, a 1-0 defeat to Southampton back in September, and Rodgers says their home form can help them against City.

“The great beauty is we are at home and we have a great record here – we will unleash the supporters yet again,” he said.

“I get a sense of the old days around the place, and we will always respect and embrace our past. It has allowed us to make Anfield such a difficult place to come and we will use that.

“It’s a significant game, but the finish line is still a long way to go afterwards. All that comes out of the game is three points so that’s what we’re after, but out of it would come confidence and belief.”

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