Rodgers says Liverpool can still be successful this season

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Rodgers under pressure at Liverpool
Rodgers under pressure at Liverpool

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has claimed his side can still enjoy a "really successful season" as they prepare for Wednesday night's FA Cup semi-final against Blackburn.

Back-to-back defeats against Manchester United and Arsenal have virtually ended Liverpool's hope of a top four finish in the Premier League, but their manager suggests they could yet hail this campaign as a success if they win the FA Cup next month.

Blackburn and Aston Villa stand in the way of what could be a Wembley meeting with Arsenal, with Rodgers talking up his side's hopes of an end of season flourish.

"There is everything still to play for and we can still make it a really successful season," stated Rodgers.

"I think if we didn’t get in the top four and we didn’t have a trophy this year, we ourselves would be disappointed. That’s the expectancy we want.

"We want to be able to be challenging every year and the FA Cup would mark a good step forward for us.

“Our attitude and our mindset is to get to the FA Cup final and win it and we will be fighting to the very end in the league."

Rodgers has come under fire in recent days as his tactics and team selections have been questioned, but he insists it is his players that have been in need of a confidence boost in recent days.

“It’s just about preparing them on the training field and looking to reinforce the confidence,” he added.

“We have the benefit of analysing our performances, looking at why we played well and why we won games, and it is about retaining that

“You have to continue to work and be positive. The last two results and performances have been disappointing but there is still so much left in the season for us.

“The seven league games we have left offer 21 points and you never know. The teams above us still have difficult games to play. It can be done.”