In-form Liverpool won’t be distracted by top-four race, insists Rodgers

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists his side are not thinking about their battle for Champions League qualification, and will just focus on maintaining their current high-flying form.The Reds extended their unbeaten Premier League run to 12 games with a 2-0 victory over Burnley on Wednesday night, thanks to Jordan Henderson’s wonder-strike and a header from returning striker Daniel Sturridge.Another three points at Anfield sees the Merseysiders keep pace with fourth place Manchester United, whose boss Louis van Gaal this week admitted his side are in a “rat-race” for the top four, with Arsenal and Tottenham also in contention.In-form Liverpool have been tipped as favourites for a place, but Rodgers insists his side will not be distracted by their competition and will only look to continue their brilliant run for the remainder of the season.“I’m not so worried about us being favourites or not, for us it’s more about the level of our performance,” said the Reds boss.“We’re very focussed at the minute, we’re playing our game at a high level, the players are confident and we look really exciting going forward.“Now we’re coming into a stage of the season we’re really looking forward to and enjoy.“We’ve got ten games to go and we’ll just continue with the momentum.”Rodgers also insisted his side will look to continue firing on all fronts with an FA Cup quarter-final showdown with Championship side Blackburn on the horizon.“We know it will be a tough game,” the Northern Irishman said of Sunday’s clash.“Blackburn are a good side, with good players and an excellent young manager who has gone in there and done very, very well.“But for us, we’re playing at Anfield and we’ll be looking to progress to the semi-final.”last_img read more

Child cage rumors not fully probed

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The Gravelles say they built enclosures with alarms where the children could sleep for their own protection. The children, ages 1 to 14, have health and behavioral problems such as fetal alcohol syndrome and pica, a disorder in which children eat dirt. NORWALK, Ohio – Child-welfare workers had heard rumors that a couple kept some of their 11 adopted children in cages two years before the youngsters were removed from the home, a witness testified in a custody hearing Tuesday. Officials tried to follow up on the rumors in 2003, but Michael and Sharen Gravelle would not cooperate and a full investigation was never conducted, said Jo Ellen Johnson, an investigator for the Huron County Department of Job and Family Services. The children were finally taken from the Gravelles after Johnson visited the home and examined the chicken-wire cages. “They were piled one on top of another. It looked like a kennel,” Johnson said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more