Brendan Rodgers pin-pointed a lack of fear as one of the key factors behind his side's recent fine form - but insisted the Reds are still far from the finished article.

Liverpool are four points off the Barclays Premier League summit with a game in hand on leaders Chelsea, having hit an impressive 12 goals in three consecutive away games in recent weeks.

Their tally of 82 goals for the campaign has already surpassed the club's record in the modern era - and Rodgers expressed his delight at the fact that supporters' expectations are sky high.

He believes his players are progressing with their offensive style of play, but stressed there is still a long way to go until his vision for the club can be fully achieved.

"We're on the right path and the players are playing with no fear and great enthusiasm," Rodgers told reporters gathered at Melwood.

"I think every manager will tell you - when you come up against an opponent who shows no fear in the game to pass the ball and the courage to get on the ball, and then can flood forward in numbers and get a goal, that's always something that can make you think.

"You know you need to set your team up to counter that. We're just really enjoying the moment and enjoying the football. We've still got a hell of a long way to go before we're near to where I want us to be, but certainly we're making strides in order to get there.

"It's good for the fans to see the level of our performance. It's great that they can feel excitement and get that little bounce by going to watch their team. For us, it's just a combination of continual work."

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Saturday's trip to Cardiff City provided another exhilarating display for the travelling Kop to savour - with Luis Suarez notching his sixth Liverpool hat-trick to add to a Martin Skrtel brace and Daniel Sturridge's close-range finish.

However, the manager admitted that while the Reds were at their offensive best during the 6-3 win at the Cardiff City Stadium, there were some minor imperfections that he intends to iron out between now and the arrival of Gus Poyet's Black Cats on Wednesday night.

"We're far from being perfect," said the manager. "I think Saturday showed that. In the first half, we were still a threat going forward, but some of our positioning defensively wasn't so good.

"What we've been able to work on here is the amount of mistakes that we do make in games, but we still have a real positive attitude in the game and an optimistic view to win the game. And that's something that has shone through over the course of my time here. 

"We're nowhere near the finished article, but whilst we're learning and whilst we're improving, we'll hopefully continue to pick up the points and see where it takes us."