Liverpool: Brendan Rodgers focuses on the positives

Brendan Rodgers Liverpool and Tony Pulis Crystal Palace

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers refuses to be downbeat despite his side seemingly throwing away the chance to claim a first Premier League title.

The Reds have missed out on five points following the defeat to Chelsea and a 3-3 draw away to Crystal Palace to fall two points behind new leaders Manchester City.

The Reds now need to beat Newcastle in their final game against Newcastle at Anfield on Saturday while also hoping City slip up at home to West Ham.

City have not lost to the Hammers in the Premier League in over four years – a run that stretches to eight matches – and their last defeat at home to the east Londoners was back in April 2003.

City are 1.16 to win, the draw is 8.75 and West Ham are 10.68.

Whatever the outcome on Sunday, Rodgers believes Liverpool have taken great strides forward this season by qualifying for the Champions League again and is confident the experience will stand them in good stead for the future.

“To be successful you have to be able to lose,” said Rodgers. “If you look over the years the great winners have been teams and individuals who have lost and gone on to become champions again.

“For us we have made great strides this season and there is still another game to go.

“If anyone had told us in August we would be top going into the last week of the season we would’ve taken it.

“We’ve qualified for the Champions League but there is an awful lot more we want to achieve.”

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