Rodgers in awe of Liverpool

A combination of industry and arrogance set Liverpool on their way to a "complete performance" in the 5-0 mauling of Tottenham Hotspur, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Sunday.

Despite missing captain Steven Gerrard and striker Daniel Sturridge, the Merseysiders, who moved up to second in the Premier League, stylishly dismantled one of their rivals for a top-four place, and laid down a marker in what is becoming an increasingly congested title race.

"It's probably the most complete performance to come here and get a victory like that," Rodgers told reporters.

"We worked like animals without the ball and when we got it our use of it was outstanding.

"I loved our arrogance today. Look at our midfield three (Lucas Leiva, Joe Allen and Jordan Henderson), the energy, quality and pressing."

Liverpool have not mounted a serious assault on the title since 2009 when they fell four points short of Manchester United, in former manager Rafa Benitez's penultimate campaign.

While fans are starting to whisper under their breath that this team could end the club's 23-year drought, the Liverpool manager would not be drawn into speculation. "Title contenders? I'm not even thinking about it," Rodgers said.

"My job over a period of time was to develop a style of football, while moving the club forward. Obviously (the title) that was my dream, I didn't come in to finish third or fourth. If we can stay clear of injury then let's see where it takes us."

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