Brendan Rodgers: My young Liverpool side will continue to grow
Brendan Rodgers believes his young Liverpool side will continue to grow after picking up a win at Norwich City on Saturday
Brendan Rodgers believes his young Liverpool side will continue to grow after the Reds recorded their first Premier League win of the season at Norwich City on Saturday.
The 39-year-old, who replaced Kenny Dalglish as the Reds boss in May, has been unafraid to use the younger members of his squad this season, with Jonjo Shelvey, Raheem Sterling and Suso regularly featuring for the Merseyside outfit.
Liverpool endured a difficult start to the campaign, picking up just two points from their opening four league games, but Rodgers is now targeting a winning streak after their success at Carrow Road.
“I see it as a team – and a team that will grow. It’s been great to see the young players come through,” said Rodgers.
“There’s a good balance and mix to the team at the moment. We’ve got some outstanding senior players and it’s always exciting when you see young players come through.
“The young guys that have come in have done very well, but they’ve got a lot of hard work ahead and hopefully they’ll continue to work, keep their concentration and focus, and it will be great to see them develop.”
Liverpool were 5-3 winners against Young Boys in their opening Europa League group-stage fixture, and Rodgers is hoping his side will continue to impress against Udinese at Anfield on Thursday night.
“The team has been improving. We haven’t always picked up the results the performances have deserved. The objective now is the game tomorrow night – that is our only focus,” he added.
“We want to build momentum and a winning streak. The only way you do that is game by game, so the focus is on tomorrow night. We’ll then re-group and get our concentration for the weekend.
“There is no doubt the level at the team at Norwich was absolutely phenomenal. We’re getting towards the levels we like to see in terms of our game and identity.
“We made 730-odd passes in the game and had a big majority of possession – 67 per cent I think it was. But equally, if not more, importantly our pressure in the game was very, very good.
“The level of our game and performance level is a big, big credit to the players. It shows you how hard they’re working on the training field and then having the confidence to take that into games. Thankfully, they got their rewards in the league [against Norwich].”