Wednesday 22 November 2017

Rodgers backs improving Reds

Brendan Rodgers beliieves last week's win over West Ham was vital
Brendan Rodgers beliieves last week's win over West Ham was vital

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes last weekend provided a "defining moment" which shows his side can compete with the best.

Trailing 2-1 to West Ham, having been a goal up, the Reds scored twice in the last 14 minutes to secure their first back-to-back Barclays Premier League wins for almost a year. Sandwiched between was a crucial 1-0 victory over Udinese which ensured their passage into to the knockout stage of the Europa League and Rodgers sees progress.

"We reached another defining moment at the weekend against West Ham," he said. "There's a golden period at the end of a game - the last 15 minutes - which the best teams can affect. When we were down we showed the spirit and fight we have in the group to come back and win the game."

He went on: "We showed that away at Udinese - to get through in a game that we had to win.

"The pressure on that game was that we had to win or get knocked out and we won the game and kept a clean sheet.

"We have little benchmarks that we're setting along the way. The best teams start quick and finish strong - we did that at the weekend.

"I'm pleased with how it's evolving - we're a long way off where I want us to be, of course, but we've shown we're making good progress.

"By all accounts, Liverpool have had a disastrous start, but we're four points off the top four and if we had a little bit more luck we actually could be in there now.

"The great encouragement is - we're only going to get better."

Press Association

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