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Rodgers: Let's win in style

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has called on his side to try and win the Premier League title "in the right way".

Liverpool are top of the Premier League and have their destiny in their own hands, knowing if they win their last four games they will be crowned champions.

Rodgers insists he wants his side to achieve their ambitions in the right and most sporting way possible, and not resort to negative tactics just to lift the trophy.

"We will try to do it in the right way," Rodgers told the Daily Mirror. "I take great pride in winning in the most sporting way we can.

"If you look at us, we are top of the Premier League and we are top of the Fair Play League.

"We don't surround referees. We want to win, but it shows you a mark of our behaviour.

"They are the values of this club. It's a club that has won many trophies in the past but had the humility and the class.

"One word I always had in my mind when I joined Liverpool is 'class.' So that is important to me - that those values are restored.

"I believe you can't affect refereeing decisions. There will be little bits of luck that go for and against you, but I like to think, as a sporting team and a team that's trying to work well, we've got our rewards this year."

Rodgers admits his side's recent Premier League encounter at West Ham, where the hosts were awarded a controversial equaliser at the end of his first half, was a test of their concentration.

Andy Carroll appeared to foul Reds goalkeeper Simon Mignolet before Guy Demel bundled the ball home, but referee Anthony Taylor allowed the goal to stand.

"At West Ham, I had a quiet word with the referee on the way out," added Rodgers. "Calm, get his reasons behind it, and then move on.

"The bottom line is I went into the dressing room at Upton Park, it was 1-1. I said to the players, 'Listen, you can have an excuse. I can tell you your excuse after the game - the referee gave a poor goal. But it won't change anything.'

"All we can do is focus again and get our flow and rhythm again. We try to have a no excuses environment here."