Brendan Rodgers 'never expected' Liverpool to be top of the table

Rodgers 'never expected' title charge
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits that he never expected his side to be at the top of the Premier League table with three games to play.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that he never thought his side would be at the top of the Premier League table with three games left to play.

Seven more points will be enough for the Merseyside outfit to lift their first league title since 1990.

Ahead of Sunday's crucial showdown against Chelsea at Anfield, Liverpool have a five-point lead over the Blues.

Striker Luis Suarez admitted this week that he is "surprised" by the club's title charge, and even Rodgers has claimed that never expected the team to be challenging.

"Whatever happens with us we've had a brilliant season and we'll look to sustain that and build on it next year, no matter where we finish," Rodgers told reporters in Friday's press conference.

"I'd be lying if I said we expected to be top of the league, but I certainly believed in the players and trusted in our qualities and it was just really if we had a little bit of luck along the way and stay clear of injury and that could help us."

After Chelsea, Liverpool will face Crystal Palace and Newcastle United.

Luis Suarez of Liverpool celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 16, 2014
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