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Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool still in title race

Updated: Monday, 30 Dec 2013 12:42 | Comments

Martin Skrtel was on the mark early on for Liverpool against Chelsea
Martin Skrtel was on the mark early on for Liverpool against Chelsea

Brendan Rodgers believes his Liverpool side are firmly in the Premier League title mix despite successive defeats knocking the Reds from top of the table at Christmas to fifth at the turn of the year.

Liverpool followed the 2-1 loss at Manchester City by falling to defeat by the same scoreline at Chelsea on Sunday, despite taking an early lead at Stamford Bridge.

Rodgers believes the accumulation of matches, with his thin squad depleted by injuries, contributed to the successive defeats which sees his side six points adrift of leaders Arsenal ahead of Wednesday's match with Hull.

"I think it's open," Rodgers said.

"Christmas Day eating our turkey we were top of the league. A few days and games later we're fifth. I think that's the way it will go between now and the end of the season.

"I think it's brilliant and it makes it really exciting."

Rodgers could be active when the transfer window opens this week.

He added: "We've shown in the first 19 games this season that if we get players back, get some help in January with a few more players, we can be in the shake up here.

"Liverpool was never in the conversation for the last few years. At least now we're being recognised in terms of what we're trying to do and our work.

"Hopefully we can add to it and get some depth to the group, because that is something that really helps you in the second part of the season."

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