Rodgers says Liverpool must be almost perfect, discusses Gerrard return.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes his team needs to put in a near flawless end to the season if they are to secure a top four finish in the Premier League.

Liverpool head into Monday's tricky trip to Swansea five points behind fourth placed Manchester United, with the Anfield boss suggesting 74 points may be needed to claim Champions League football next season.

"We have 30 points to play for, so I am guessing it will be another 23 points," Rodgers told reporters.

"That is how competitive it has been this year. We have won nine out of 11 in January and February, it has been a great run but now we have to be focused on these last ten matches. Everything counts.

"We have to be aggressive in our game and now we have to nail it in the last ten. I know the players are focused on that."

Rodgers has to decide whether he will bring skipper Steven Gerrard back into his team as he returns to full fitness, with his place in the Liverpool side uncertain after the impressive run of form in his absence.

"Everyone is waiting to see if Stevie comes into the team or not," Rodgers added. "What you have seen over my time here is that I rely on the team.

"The team, of course, has to have good players in it, but ultimately it is about the team and what is going to benefit and how we can get results as a team.

"I will repeat again the most important thing is Steven is back fit and we have Lucas Leiva coming back too.

"That will add to the competition for places and with one game a week, barring the cup game, then everyone is going to be fighting and being competitive about playing.

"He still has big qualities that we will need between now and the end of the season but I don't pick a team on whether I like someone or not. What I do know is that Stevie always puts the team first."

Source: ESPN FC

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