Brendan Rodgers has challenged his Liverpool team to prove that they can compete with the top six sides by improving their results against them.

The Reds’ loss against Manchester United on Sunday was yet another game against one of the top six that they have failed to win, and with Arsenal and Manchester City on the horizon, Rodgers has challenged his side to prove they can mix it with the best in the Premier League.

“It’s not a problem mentally,” Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo.

“We should have beaten Man City earlier on, we should have beaten Everton – but we haven’t.

“It’s not something mental, but it’s something we need to do if we’re going to progress.

“I feel that we’re a match for any of the teams in this league. But what allows you to close the gap in terms of the points is obviously having the squad that allows you to compete.”

January arrival at Anfield, Daniel Sturridge has hit the ground running, scoring two goals in his first two appearances for the club and already seeming to form an understanding with top scorer Luis Suarez.

The Liverpool chief has also seen Italian striker Fabio Borini return to the fold, further boosting his options.

The Reds sit eighth in the Premier League table following Sunday’s defeat, three points adrift of Arsenal in sixth, and nine behind Tottenham in the lucrative fourth Champions League spot.

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  • Karim
    2 years ago

    The players just need to be more confident in front of goal and take a chance or two in the final third. we are too predictable and too slow

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  • HoneyNeny
    2 years ago

    you are not the kind of Coach that can inspire players. you are average and looks confused in your team selections. you only know how to talk and whigne after games.challenge yourself first before telling the players that.Just look at the players you bought in Allen and Borini just averge as you are.Answer me this question pls BR why cant you attract Top Players. Allen 15mil + Borini 12Mil =27mil this can get a top Mildfeilder or striker. but you prefer quantity to quality.FSG so hate Liverpool Fc by appointing you.

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    • imraan
      2 years ago

      Spot On …How can palyers rise up 2 the occasion when the “Manager ” is soo tactically inept that he handicaps them by forcing them to player with a FLOP like Allen , which in essence meens we playing with 10 men … BrenDOM can talk and talk and talk but people are slowly catch up 2 his car salesman talks

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    • sujith
      2 years ago

      allen, borini may still turn out to be excellent buys, but what is annoying is his “challenge to the players”. sounds like he is blaming the players for his ineptitude. rodgers need to pick up his game. although FSG are not laying down any targets for rodgers this season, doesnt mean he can be complacent and screw up our must-win games

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