Brendan Rodgers aiming for psychological advantage

The Liverpool manager says that his team needs to build on a bright start to the new campaign and is targeting a win over Arsenal

On Monday, night, Arsenal host Liverpool in their third Premier League game of the new campaign and after a really good summer transfer window where the team has invested heavily in the squad, the Reds are in bullish mood and looking to register a big win over the Gunners who would be looking to make amends for the fans after an opening day defeat at the hands of West Ham at home.

Rodgers says that it is important for the Merseyside giants to register a win away from home.

“You’re playing one of the rivals that you’re hoping to be competing with at the top end of the table; these games are important,” Rodgers acknowledged.

“They don’t give the full picture in terms of how it will finish up – you can draw or lose these games and still go on and achieve what you want to achieve. Of course it’s for the confidence and psychologically they are important.

“No matter when these games come in the season they are always good for the psychological effect.

“We’ve got a tough game away from home but we’ll arrive into the game with confidence. We know they’re an outstanding group of players and some quality individual players but there’s a real focus in this group for this season, a real toughness, mentally.”