Manchester City

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Manchester City are still the favourites to win the premiership despite Liverpool going top of the table following Saturdays win over Cardiff City 3-1.

Arsenal take on Chelsea Monday night knowing that a win would see them back in the top spot where as a win for Chelsea would put them level on points with the Reds, but in second place on goal difference.

Should Liverpool top the table at Christmas it would be the first time they have done so since 2008 yet Rodgers knows there is a long way to go and is not getting carried away remembering that Liverpool finished 8th in the league last season.

“It is unprecedented for a club to go from seventh to first – it doesn’t happen,” he said.

“As we are sat at the top of the table entering this period it shows the great work the players and the club is aligned to.

“We want to keep this momentum going.”

He added: “We can’t ever think we have cracked it. We can’t become complacent. You have to be focused and move on to the next game.

“We are very calm. We are not getting carried away. We are focusing on improving our performance level.

“We know the natural consequence will be to win games and if you win games you will be in a good position.”

Liverpool play Manchester City at the Etihad on Boxing Day, and should the Reds pull off a win it will go a long way to show how far Liverpool has come since last season, yet Rodgers maintains that Manchester City are still the favourites to win the title.

Rodgers said: “I still believe the title is Manchester City’s to lose.

“They have the strongest squad, the resources they have are incredible.”