Rodgers: Liverpool can handle the pressure

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted that his side can handle the pressure of being favourites to win the Premier League title after their 3-2 win over Manchester City, writes BBC Sport.

Once again at Anfield, Liverpool started quickly and took the lead inside six minutes with youngster Raheem Sterling producing a composed finish from Luis Suarez’ pass. Martin Skrtel made in 2-0 with a header at the near post from a corner.

Man City fought back in the second half with David Silva reducing the arrears from close range, before the Spaniard’s attempted cross was deflected into his own net by Glen Johnson. However, Philippe Coutinho had the final say as he capitalised on Vincent Kompany’s sliced clearance to fire a first time shot past Joe Hart.

Despite having Jordan Henderson sent off in stoppage time, Liverpool held on for a result which lifts them seven points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League, although Manuel Pellegrini’s side have two games in hand.

The Reds now have four games left, including a potential title decider against second-placed Chelsea, and are now clear favourites. But Rodgers is adamant that his players can handle the expectations. He said: ‘We’ve been put under pressure in a very big game against a big opponent but you can see from our football that we are coping. My message to the players is to continue. We don’t need to change.”

“I give a lot of credit to the players. Our performance level, particularly in the first half, was quite sensational. In the second half, we expected City to come back into it because they are a wonderful team with quality players and an outstanding manager in Manuel Pellegrini.

“We showed a great mentality. The group is very, very tight. There has to be a cause to fight for and you could see that intensity.”

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