Brendan Rodgers defends Liverpool commitment after Arsenal thrashing

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Only at the end of February were Liverpool flying high in the Premier League – topping the 2015 form table, as they looked to be on course for a top four spot – but a number of setbacks has seen the heads of Brendan Rodgers’ men drop.

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While the Reds are by no means in a terrible position – with a top four spot still mathematically possible – devastating defeats to Manchester United and Arsenal, as well as red card for skipper Steven Gerrard at Old Trafford, has hit the confidence of the side.

What’s more, with Raheem Sterling’s ill-advised BBC Sport interview, Rodgers has had to cope with questions from the press that any manager would rather not be facing at the business end of the season.

The Anfield camp is certainly not in the greatest of spirits.

Nonetheless, the Liverpool boss has leapt to the defence of his team – insisting that they have certainly not given up on hopes of Champions League qualification and FA Cup glory – remaining as committed as ever to ending the season on a high.

Speaking to BBC Sport, the 42-year-old quashed claims of a lack of fight from his side.

“The team might be short of certain elements but in terms of commitment and focus, it’s pretty clear.

“After the [Arsenal] game I gave an answer which was logical in terms of the difficulty we have but it is not certainly a mindset,” he continued.

“Our attitude is to go right to the end. We would have to win our seven games but it is certainly something we will go into in order to do that.”

Discussing Wednesday’s FA Cup quarter-final replay with Blackburn Rovers, he added, “It’s important to have a game quickly when you lose.

“The group’s very committed to winning this trophy.

“We know Blackburn will be a difficult game for us, but getting to a final and winning a trophy is what we want.”

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