Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool gunning for second after “outstanding” second half

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Brendan Rodgers won’t settle for a top-four finish. Following Monday’s 1-0 victory over Swansea City, the Liverpool manager said his side can finish as high as second in this year’s Premier League, and that’s exactly what they’ll be aiming to do.

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Speaking in his post-game television interview (above video), the Northern Irishman was full of praise for his players after a tactical switch at halftime saw the game swing in their favor during the final 45 minutes.

Rodgers said it was that kind of response, as well as a stifling defensive record away from Anfield — six games without conceding, since their last league loss, Dec. 14, to Manchester United — that give the Reds a chance of busting into the top four places, past the likes of Man United, Arsenal and Manchester City, and back into the league’s runners-up position, where they finished last year.

From the Daily Mail:

The aim is to finish as high as we can. Everyone talks about fourth but it’s the same every year for me.

‘We do the best that we can do and the Manchester City result at the weekend gives us an opportunity to finish second so our mentality, the run and confidence we have at the moment we are just going to take that into every game and see where it takes us

Up next for Liverpool, they welcome Man United to Anfield and visit Arsenal in back-to-back games. If they’re to go fourth, third or even second in the league, they’ll have earned it over the next two weeks.