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Liverpool's Rodgers proud of his Reds

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers congratulates his players Photo: PA

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has congratulated his players for putting the club back "on the world map" in a season he feels they can be proud of - regardless of whether or not they become Barclays Premier League champions.

The Reds began the campaign with ambitions of breaking into the top four but have exceeded all expectation by mounting a serious bid to be crowned champions.

They look set to fall just short ahead of Sunday's top-flight finale, which they head into two points behind leaders Manchester City in second place.

To secure the trophy, Liverpool, seemingly destined for it a few weeks ago before dropping crucial points, need to beat Newcastle at Anfield and for West Ham to win at City, whose goal difference is vastly superior to their own.

Although he appeared to have done so following his side's 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace on Monday, Rodgers insists he has not given up on the title yet.

But at the same time, he has emphasised that the Merseysiders can hold their heads high whatever the outcome this weekend - and is confidence they will be stronger next term.

"I want to congratulate my players on this season - I think we have had a remarkable season," Rodgers, under whom Liverpool finished seventh last season, said at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

"The players have put Liverpool on the world map again.

"The performance level has been exceptional over the course of the season.

"Come Sunday we will fight right to the very end.

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