Thursday, 17th April, 2014

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has bristled at the suggestion that Manchester City gave his side a thorough examination on Sunday.

The Reds ran out 3-2 winners against the Citizens, but were forced to withstand a storm in the second half which had seen Manchester City pull two goals back to be drawing 2-2.

Manuel Pellegrini's men pushed hard, but Rodgers, when asked about the match, insisted he always felt Manchester City would have a spell, just as other teams do, and played down talking up their period of dominance in the match.

"We've had other games where we've had pressure", he told a press conference.


"Well, it was 20 minutes. 20 minutes at the beginning of the second half where we had to stand up and be counted.

"And they are entitled to [have a spell].

"They've got the biggest wage bill in sport and they've got to perform at some point in the game. They got the goal, the second goal was a deflected goal."

Liverpool sit six points ahead of third-placed Manchester City, though the Citizens do boast a game in hand.

The Reds' lead over second-placed Chelsea, who they host at Anfield on 27th April, is two points.

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