Rodgers hopes to avoid failure

Successive defeats to Manchester United and Arsenal have left Liverpool seven points off the pace in the battle for Champions League places, but Rodgers believes winning the FA Cup would represent a “good step forward” for the club.

The Reds face a quarter-final replay at Blackburn on Wednesday evening, and although Rodgers refused to accept that success in the competition would make or break the club’s season, he did admit that winning a trophy was set as an objective.

???I don???t want to go down the route of saying that (the??FA Cup??will make or break the season),” Rodgers said. “Our objective was to win a trophy. I think if we didn’t get in the top four and we didn???t have a trophy this year we ourselves would be disappointed.

“The FA Cup would certainly give us a great boost as a team, with lots of young players and players coming into the club. That’s the expectancy we want. We want to be able to be challenging every year. That was the key thing for me, to get the group challenging at the top end of the league and for trophies. The FA Cup would mark a good step forward for us.”

Rodgers is also refusing to completely give up hope of Liverpool snatching a top-four place and will be focusing on the positives rather than the negatives ahead of the run-in.

He added: “The job now is about preparing the players on the training field and looking to reinforce the confidence. “We have the benefit of analysing our performances, looking at why we played well and why we won games, and it is about retaining that. You have to continue to work and be positive.

“The last two results and performances have been disappointing but there is still so much left in the season for us. The seven league games we have left offer 21 points and you never know ??? the teams above us still have difficult games to play but the mathematics of it show it will be difficult, but it can be done.

“Our attitude and our mindset is to get to the FA Cup final and win it and we will be fighting to the very end in the league. There is everything still to play for and we can still make it a really successful season.”