Brendan Rodgers eyes glorious season's ending for Swans

Brendan Rodgers says Swansea City aim to end a memorable first season in the Premier League on a high against Liverpool on Sunday.

Swansea could finish in the top 10 if they beat the Carling Cup winners at the Liberty Stadium and other results go their way.

Manager Rodgers saw his side

"I don't like the thought of taking the handbrake off," Rodgers said.

"When you're a professional of course it's natural when they've become safe there's that mental achievement.

"We want to keep moving forward and obviously we've got one more to go and we want to finish on a real high."

Despite suffering defeat in their final away match of the season, Rodgers praised his team's performance at Old Trafford.

Two first half goals from Paul Scholes and Ashley Young secured victory for United, who failed to close Manchester City's goal difference advantage at the top of the table.

And Rodgers was proud of his side's resilience despite the jibes of City boss Roberto Mancini, who had suggested United would enjoy an easy afternoon against the Swans.

"To arrive here in this wonderful arena and perform like we did makes me very proud," said Rodgers.

"I said to the players beforehand we don't need to justify our ambition to win any game. We're very focused. Teams know there'll never be an easy game against ourselves.

"You've seen bigger clubs and more experienced players than ourselves concede five, six, seven and eight here.

"It shows you the real perseverance and the honesty within our group that we actually came out and took the game to Manchester United.

"We're unfortunate not to have scored as well getting in to some great areas but couldn't quite get the final touch."

Defender Alan Tate, whose season has been disrupted by injury, came on as stoppage-time substitute against his former club.

And Rodgers said the 29-year-old ex-United reserve team captain fully deserved his cameo appearance at Old Trafford.

"He maybe felt he would never be back playing here again but he's deserving of that because he's been absolute top class for me," added Rodgers.

"His life has come full circle. He started at Manchester United as a 19-year-old and obviously then went away and made his career elsewhere.

"For him to return here [to Old Trafford] as a Swansea City player, where he is adored and given great service to, is something he'll have and be able to show his son and children later on in his life."

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