What They Said: Rodgers on title challenge, Ozil on Emirates debut
Liverpool moved into the top four, after beating Stoke City 5-3 on Sunday at the Britannia Stadium in the Premier League. Luis Suarez fired all cylinders again, as the Uruguayan scored yet another brace, while strike partner Daniel Sturridge, who returned from injury, bagged a goal to his name as well.
The Reds are just 5 points behind Manchester City, while could be trailing behind six points off the top, should Arsenal win against Aston Villa tonight.
There is a genuine chance for the Reds to finish in top four this season, while talks of a potential title challenge cannot be ruled out either.
When asked whether anything was possible (in terms of title challenge), Reds manager Brendan Rodgers said, as quoted in The Guardian:
“Yeah, absolutely. We entered into the game today, 18 games to go, nine at home, nine away, knowing seven of those nine away were against teams in the bottom half.
“That doesn’t mean they are gimmes by any means – it is a very tough league – but certainly we have shown enough that we are going to be challenging and that is all we ever wanted to be. We never stated we are going to win the league, to jump from where we have been at, we just needed to be in the conversation.”
Arsenal superstar Mesut Ozil has spoken about his admiration for the Premier League saying he has been taken aback by the passion of the supporters in England – be it Arsenal fans or from other clubs.
The record-signing player for the Gunners took no time to settle into this new league and made an instant impact, with five goals and nine assists to his name.
“This positive attitude [is surprising], also from opposition fans,” he said as quoted by the club’s official website. “They are never really unfair, they are always respectful even if it’s a derby. You see that they have fun watching – they live for football and give the team unbelievable support.
“There is always a really nice atmosphere. I think the best feeling I had was when I made my Emirates Stadium debut. The atmosphere was unbelievable and I had goosebumps.”
He added that playing in the Premier League is tiresome as the forward players here has to do the defensive jobs as well, but admits that it is “interesting” and “so much fun” here playing in this league.