Margaret Aspinall's inspirational speech at the Hillsborough memorial service on Tuesday was highlighted especially by Brendan Rodgers in his side's preparations to face Norwich City today.

The chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group spoke eloquently earlier this week, with the Liverpool squad watching on from the Kop stand, about transforming stress into an incentive.

Her words were attached to the wall of the Reds' dressing room at Carrow Road ahead of kick-off, and clearly worked - Rodgers' team triumphed 3-2 to move five points clear at the Barclays Premier League summit.

The manager explained post-match: "We had the memorial service this week, which was really touching and there was hope for the families there as well.

"I used some words of Margaret Aspinall - we put them up on the wall. She talked about stress and how it can prove difficult for you, but it can also offer you great determination to fight.

"Those were the words that we gave the players before the game today. This is a club that is one club at this moment in time, and we're all fighting to achieve the ultimate goal."

An 11th successive Premier League victory moved leaders Liverpool further clear of Chelsea and ensured that Rodgers' team will participate in the Champions League next season.

With the Reds set to host their second-place rivals at Anfield next Sunday, the Northern Irishman explained the positive mental approach which is regularly garnering incredible results.


"We say to the players every day: be at your best," he added. "In the changing room before they go out, we just remind them to go and lose themselves, just focus on the ball and focus on the team.

"If you can do that, then we can be a real force. You saw all the characteristics of our team - wonderful invention, creativity, arrogance on the ball, young players and senior players all playing in a structure that allows them to express themselves.

"And they had to show the courage to dig in and fight, away from home against a team that's fighting for their life to stay in the division. It's going to be a brilliant game next weekend. The supporters will be right up for it, as will the team."