• Manager calls on duo to up push for Champions League spot
• Luis Suárez confident of securing top-four position
Brendan Rodgers has challenged Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling to enhance Liverpool's Champions League claims by bringing more goals to the team.
Liverpool are the second highest goalscorers in the Premier League this season, thanks in the main to the remarkable form of 22-goal Luis Suárez. The Uruguay international and Daniel Sturridge are responsible for 32 of Liverpool's 51 league goals so far.
The Liverpool manager is understandably content with his team's quality in front of goal but, with his midfield supporting cast of Coutinho, Sterling and Jordan Henderson providing a combined six league goals, he concedes there is room for improvement. "The responsibility has always been the team but we always want more," said Rodgers.
"When you play in those attacking positions it's your job to create and score goals. A player with their quality will say they want more goals and obviously I will demand more goals from them. We have also been the top scorers over the last calendar year, so I still think we have enough of a goal threat but in order for Raheem to develop and improve he needs to create and score more.
"I think Coutinho will get more too. I look at him as a [Luka] Modric type. And when you look at Modric over four years at Tottenham he got 13 goals [in the league] but his influence was massive and Coutinho is of that type. He will naturally get more goals but he is a wonderful player for us, he is a key who opens up many things in a game."
Rodgers insists there is no pressure on the players to alter their game, however. He added: "There's no doubt they will want to improve it but I don't want to put pressure on to do that. They know what their job is. If you put too much pressure on a creative player it can stifle them and can affect their overall performance."
Suárez believes this season has shown Liverpool are worthy of a return to the Champions League, having failed to qualify since 2009. The striker said: "We know that in the last two years we haven't demonstrated that Liverpool can play in the Champions League. Now we are playing very well and we have the level to play in the Champions League. We have really good players and if we continue at this level, we can do it."