Brendan Rodgers delighted with Liverpool form

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Brendan Rodgers is delighted with Liverpool's recent form and says his side are "horrible to play against."

After a dreadful start to the season, taking just 14 points from their first ten games, the Reds have improved significantly and surged into fifth-place in the Premier League. Since their 3-0 defeat against Manchester United in December, Liverpool have lost just two games in all competitions and have went unbeaten in the top-flight.


Now just two points away from the top-four, momentum is building inside the Anfield camp with Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho starting to show their best form.

The Merseyside club meet Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday and a win would see Rodgers guide the Reds to Wembley for the first time since he took charge in 2012.


With so much to play for from now until the end of the season, the Northern Irishman admits he could not be happier with his team's performances.

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“Now we’ve regained our identity, the home form is so important for us,” Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo. We are a horrible team to play against now. And that’s how it was for 18 months.

“Teams coming here know we’ll attack and defend with intensity and aggression. We didn’t have that earlier in the season for a number of reasons. The purpose is back in our game. Chelsea and Man City came here and only had one shot on target. Man City didn’t get a corner and then we restricted Burnley in midweek.


“This year we increased the depth of the squad but we lost players and I had to re-define the way of working and playing which took a bit of time. But I felt that this year because of the depth we could challenge for a top four place and look to get a trophy."

At the start of the season, it was grim times for Liverpool who looked to be in trouble. Luis Suarez, who netted 31 Premier League goals last campaign, left for Barcelona and the injury of Daniel Sturridge did not help the Reds' effort.

Rodgers forked out over £100 million on new recruits last summer that included Mario Balotelli for £16 million from AC Milan and the Southampton trio Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert at a combined fee of £50 million.

However, the latest players failed to adapt to Rodgers' system early in the season and Liverpool went through a terrible patch of form, resulting in some Kopites wanting the former Swansea City boss sacked from the Anfield hot-seat.

After changing the formation to three centre-backs, the five-time European Cup winners are now once again thriving and have been in fantastic form.


Recent victories against Southampton Manchester City and Burnley have took them within touching distance of a Champions League place. Since taking charge of the Reds in 2012, Rodgers has still not managed to add a piece of silverware to the flooded Anfield trophy cabinet.

He has went close this season but Brataslan Ivanovic goal in the fourth minute of extra-time seen Liverpool knocked out of the League Cup in the semi-final against eventual winners Chelsea.

They are still in the FA Cup however, and Rodgers will seriously be eyeing up the competition.


With Chelsea, Manchester City, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur already out of the tournament and Manchester United facing Arsenal in the last eight, it leaves Liverpool in a superb position.

Blackburn have been somewhat disappointing in the second-half of the season and have slid to tenth in the Championship. 2012 was the last time the Merseyside club won a trophy, beating Cardiff City on penalties in the League Cup final.

Kopites have been desperate to get themselves back to Wembley and there may not be a better chance than this year.

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