Rodgers: Liverpool vs. Arsenal clash is a “must-perform” game, not a must-win


Brendan Rodgers doesn’t always rate his team based on the results they’re able to achieve. Often times, it’s more about the performance — how did we perform? — that interests the Northern Irish manager.

To that effect, Rodgers says that Saturday’s Premier League clash with Arsenal (Watch live, 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) isn’t a must-win game for his side’s top-four ambitions, but a “must-perform” game.

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In his mind, if the performance is right, the result will follow. In talking about a side which went 13 games unbeaten from mid-December to late-April, it’s hard to argue with the man.

“These final eight games are going to be exciting games. For us, there’s still every chance and possibility for us to [finish in the top four.] We’ve made it difficult for ourselves because of our last performance and result, but it’s certainly achievable.”

“Over the course of the last three months, apart from the last game, we’ve performed very, very well. But importantly alongside that, we’ve got results. I think people might look at it as a must-win game, but for me it’s a must-perform game. We want to perform well, and we know that when we do that, we’ll get every chance of winning, whether it’s home or away.”