LONDON (AFP) – Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said he had Arsenal and Manchester United in his sights after his team closed on the Champions League places with a 2-0 success at Southampton.
A glorious 30-yard strike by Philippe Coutinho put Liverpool ahead in the third minute of Sunday’s game at St Mary’s and after a number of vain Southampton penalty appeals, Raheem Sterling sealed victory late on.
Liverpool play second-place Manchester City next weekend before tackling fourth-place United and third-place Arsenal over the next six weeks, and Rodgers is confident they can close the two-point gap separating them from the Premier League’s top four.
Asked if he was apprehensive about Liverpool’s fixture list, which also includes a trip to Besiktas in the Europa League on Thursday, Rodgers replied: “Not at all.
“We might have been at the beginning of the season because of how we were playing. But when the team’s in the condition it has been for these last two and a half, three months, then we relish every game we play.”