Friday, 23 April 2021 09:21 GMT

Liverpool praised for Stoke win

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times)Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes the determination shown by his players in the 1-0 victory over Stoke City will serve them well for the rest of the season.

The Reds were thrashed 6-1 at the Britannia Stadium on the final game of the previous Premier League campaign but on the same ground in their opening fixture of this season - just 77 days later - battled to a narrow victory.

It was secured courtesy of a superb long-range strike from midfield playmaker Philippe Coutinho late in the game on the back of a disciplined defensive display from the visitors.

"It is always difficult when you come to Stoke. To get a win where we were 11 weeks ago I thought it was an outstanding collective performance" Rodgers said.

"Defensively we were strong and then we know we have the quality to win a game.

"It was a one-off game when we lost 6-1 a unique game. I knew it was a one-off but it still happened and you have to be better and more resolute and that was what we were working on in pre-season making sure our defensive organisation was better.

"For me it is about performing well and showing character. It was about ensuring the personality came out. Eleven weeks ago it was embarrassing but I think that puts it to bed.

"You saw a team with the determination and will which bodes well for the future."

Rodgers also hailed the quality of the decisive goal from Brazil international Coutinho which arrived four minutes from time.

"It was a great turn and he got away from the Stoke midfield and produced a wonderful shot" he said.

"I think he already is one of the stars of the Premier League and he has showed that with his quality."

The Liverpool boss was also satisfied with the performances of his debutants and the resolve they showed. - AFP

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