Liverpool FC boss Brendan Rodgers has told his Premier League pace-setters: “The hard work is only just beginning.”
The Reds are enjoying their best start to a Premier League campaign for 19 years following three successive victories.
Rodgers believes that is reward for the tireless efforts of his players on the training ground and he is on a mission to ensure those high standards are maintained after the international break.
“It’s been a great start for us but we can’t get carried away,” he said.
“We had a difficult start to last season but since January our form has been outstanding.
“I have to say the players have been magnificent with the work they have put in.
“We had a really good pre-season when we had the whole squad together working well and that ensured we were well prepared.
“If you work your socks off then talent comes through and we need to keep working in this way going forward.
“The players have already demonstrated so far this season that they have that resilience to keep fighting and persevere to get the result.
“There is a long way to go this season but we’re really looking forward to the challenge.”
Rodgers was in the company of a host of Liverpool legends earlier this week when he attended the ECHO’s special dinner to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Bill Shankly’s birth.
The Anfield boss relished hearing tales about the club’s glorious past and says it’s a source of inspiration as he looks to mastermind Liverpool’s revival.
“Events like that are very humbling,” Rodgers said.
“These are the guys who set the club up to what it is today. Where they took the club and where the club is at now in two different places.
“But we will fight for our lives every single day to get the club back up there. The history this club has gives us great motivation going forward. We always have to strive to get back to that.”