Rodgers refuses to give up on Liverpool title win

The manager conceded first place to Manchester City following Monday’s capitulation to Crystal Palace, but now insists his team will continue fighting until the end of the season

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is refusing to give up on the Premier League title despite Monday’s capitulation at Crystal Palace.

Goals from Damien Delaney and Dwight Gayle in the final 11 minutes saw the table-toppers squander a three-goal lead to draw 3-3, making Manchester City strong favourites to claim the title.

Rodgers, whose team are a point clear at the top but have played a game more than City, said Liverpool would keep fighting until the end of the season, despite conceding the title race was over on Monday.

“The players have been incredible and they have allowed the supporters to dream,” he said.

“To be the club that is top of the league by one point with one week to go, and you never know what might happen, has taken a huge effort.

“The only thing I will promise is that while I am here we’ll fight for our lives. Our season doesn’t finish until after Newcastle.”

Speaking at Liverpool’s awards night on Tuesday, Rodgers thanked the club’s owners for their belief in him amid reports he is in line for a new contract.

“I would like to thank the owners and the executive team for what they have done for me since I have been here,” Rodgers said.

“They brought a young manager of 39 into one of the biggest clubs in the world and gave me the chance to develop the vision of football that I have.

“If it wasn’t for their faith in me I probably wouldn’t be here given the pressures of modern football.”

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