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Liverpool will fight to stay top - Rodgers

Rodgers says Liverpool will fight to stay at the top (©GettyImages)
Rodgers says Liverpool will fight to stay at the top (©GettyImages).

After an unbeaten start to the season Liverpool sit proudly on top of the Premier League table, and Brendan Rodgers say they won't be giving that up easily.

Monday's 2-2 draw at Swansea made it ten points out of a possible 12 for the Reds, a tally that puts them ahead of second-placed Arsenal by a solitary point.

Top spot is somewhere Liverpool haven't occupied in a while, they finished 2nd in 2008/2009 but since then the best they've come up with is a 6th place finish in 2010/2011, despite spending big money on English talents like Andy Carroll (£35million), Stewart Downing (£20million) and Jordan Henderson (£16million).

This year, the most optimistic of Reds fans could have only hoped for a fight for fourth place, but an early taste of the top of the league has left Rodgers wanting more.

He told Sky Sports: "The more you're up there at the top, the more aggression and will and desire you have to stay there.

"It's only four games in but we've had four tough games and we have only lost once in the last 17 games now.

"I still believe we will get better and more fluent as the season goes on, so we are happy to be top and we are ready for a fight to stay there."

Having started the season with three successive 1-0 victories, the Anfield club have been solid if not spectacular and Rodgers believes this is an improvement on previous regimes.

"We are getting a level of consistency, and that was the biggest thing for me," he added.

"When I came here last year, there was no consistency in the performance. But now we are just churning out wins and if we can't win we are drawing games with resilient performances, like in the last 25 minutes against Swansea."

It's 23 years since the Anfield trophy cabinet last saw a shiny new league title placed on its shelves, and although Champions League qualification may be a more realistic aim, few can fault Rodgers' ambition.

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