Rodgers: No title win not a failure for Liverpool

Despite opening a five-point gap at the top of the Premier League table with just three games left to play, the manager says his side is under no pressure to finish first.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says his side will not have failed if it misses out on landing the Premier League title.

The Merseyside club, which faces second-place Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday, can guarantee a first domestic crown since 1990 by winning its remaining three games.

Yet Rodgers believes his side can still operate under much less pressure than its rivals, after exceeding all expectations by charging to the Premier League summit.

Asked whether not winning the league from Liverpool's current position would represent failure, he replied: "No, not at all. Whatever happens with us, we will have had a brilliant season. I would be lying if I said I thought at the start of season we could be top of the table at this stage.

"Pressure? That's what they have at Man City and Chelsea, where they are expected to win the league. I'm enjoying being top of the league. I have never slept better."

The buildup to Liverpool's meeting with Chelsea has been dominated by speculation over the latter's prospective team selection, with Jose Mourinho suggesting he will field a weakened side.

Yet Rodgers does not believe Mourinho has given up hope on overhauling Liverpool in the title race.

He added: "Whatever team Chelsea put out [on Sunday], it will cost more than ours and be more experienced than ours. Jose's a winner — he won't give up. He knows me well enough to know [his comments in the buildup to the game] wouldn't bother me one iota."