London: Despite dispiriting recent setbacks, Liverpool will approach their final game of the Premier League season against Newcastle United today in high spirits, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.
Liverpool were on course for a first league title since 1990 until a 2-0 loss at home to Chelsea two weeks ago and followed that up by throwing away a 3-0 lead in a 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace last Monday.
It means that Liverpool can only claim the title if they beat Newcastle on the final day and leaders Manchester City lose at home to West Ham United.
Rodgers’s side looked devastated after their draw at Palace, in which they conceded three goals in the last 11 minutes, with star striker Luis Suarez sobbing on the pitch. But while their title destiny is no longer in their own hands, Rodgers says that his players have shaken the trauma of Selhurst Park out of their systems.
Asked about the team’s spirit in the wake of the game at Palace, Rodgers told his pre-game press conference: “It has been excellent.”