Rodgers impressed by Liverpool youngsters Morgan and Sterling
Brendan Rodgers reveals his satisfaction with Adam Morgan and Raheem Sterling after Liverpool's draw with FC Toronto
Brendan Rodgers heaped praise on Adam Morgan and Raheem Sterling after Liverpool drew their opening pre-season game 1-1 with FC Toronto on Saturday.
Morgan, 18, who has earned a reputation as a prolific finisher throughout his development at Liverpool’s Academy, levelled after Quincy Amarikwa had put the hosts ahead in the 58th minute.
“He’s a really, really good kid. He’s come in, he’s taken everything on board that I’ve talked about,” Rodgers told Liverpool’s website.
“He’s technically good, he’s got a natural eye for a goal – if he doesn’t arrive at that moment, the goal doesn’t go in because the defender would have got to the line to defend it.
“He’s got that natural instinct to score but I was also pleased with the cleverness in his pressing. He pressed the ball really well. That forced them into some mistakes.
“It was a great moment for him. His father flew in this morning from Liverpool, so to get here and to see the goal would have been a special moment.”
Rodgers revealed before the friendly that he may send Sterling out on loan to gain vital first-team experience next season – and the former Swansea City manager was impressed by the winger’s contribution, including the assist for Mogan’s equaliser.
“I thought he did very well,” he said. “Raheem is very persistent. He doesn’t get knocked over easily, he shows great courage and bravery on the ball.
“His strength for the goal was impressive – that was the thing that surprised me for such a slight guy.
“He was in a good position to intercept, he then went on the outside of the defender, worked his space and got his shot across goal, and obviously young Morgs tapped it in.”
Finally, the 39-year-old is expecting Denmark captain Daniel Agger to play a part in Liverpool’s next pre-season fixture against Roma.
“He’s just joined the group on Monday and had his first training session on Tuesday. It was just too early for him because he’s had four weeks off,” Rodgers added.
“I didn’t want to put him in that situation because others had been back for a couple of weeks. Daniel will have some involvement against Roma on Wednesday.”