Global Sports : Rodgers: We’re Ready For Run-in

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is confident his players are in good shape ahead of a crucial Premier League run-in.
The Reds have already played 46 matches this season due to Champions League, Capital One Cup and FA Cup campaigns in addition to league fixtures – but Rodgers is hopeful an eight-day break will have counteracted the arduous schedule.
Ahead of Monday night’s trip to Swansea, he said: “Our last performance against Blackburn was at the end of a real tough period of games.
“I’ve seen all the numbers and all the statistics on it and, physically, it was the lowest we have been for this season. Now we’re re-energised and refreshed mentally and physically.
“We go into a run of games now, starting with Swansea, and we feel we can go in and push on in terms of our level of performance again. We know it will be tough.
“It’s that period of the season where you taper your training. You don’t need to be as long in your training and preparation as the players have got a real good level of fitness, so it’s more explosive and more intensive, but in shorter blocks.
“The players have been brilliant this week. They’re looking really sharp, looking really confident and we just want to continue with our sequence of performances and good results.”
Looking ahead to the battle for Champions League football, the Northern Irishman added: “I think it’s going to be very tight, of course.
“We’ve rejoined the race for that in the last three months and everything counts in the games.
“We just need to ensure we continue to be aggressive in our game and give everything that we have between now and the end of the season.
“The points total is all very close and very tight but we just have to continue playing and working as hard as we have done. If you’re a team that wants to do well, you have to be able to have that character, resolve and mentality to win away from home.
“We’ve got great counter-attack speed when the space does open up and we’ve got technically-gifted players who can play in the spaces.
“We’re in a good moment, but we respect it’ll be a very difficult game at Swansea.”
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