Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers delighted with improved form of trio

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers expresses his delight at the form of Stewart Downing, Jose Enrique and Jordan Henderson

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Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool side are currently eighth in the Premier League Photo: WBUR, via Flickr

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Brendan Rodgers has expressed his delight at the improved performances of Liverpool trio Stewart Downing, Jose Enrique and Jordan Henderson over the course of the season.

The Reds splashed out hefty fees on Downing and Henderson, totalling almost £40m in the summer of 2011, while Enrique also completed a rather more modest £7m transfer from Newcastle United.

The England internationals struggled to live up to the hype in their first season at Anfield under Kenny Dalglish, and the Spanish left-back endured a sharp dip in form in the second half of the campaign as Liverpool struggled.

Rodgers replaced Dalglish last summer and, by the new manager’s own admission, the future of the trio at the Merseyside outfit looked bleak.

However, Enrique’s switch into left midfield created an understanding with Liverpool striker Suárez, and Downing and Henderson have both contributed to victories in December as Rodgers started to extract the best from his players.

“I will be able to improve players – that is my work and I have confidence in that. If I look at the first six months, I believe there has been improvement in a lot of the players,” said Rodgers.

“I will be able to rinse everything that I possibly can out of them, but the bottom line is about talent. If you don’t initially have that then it can be difficult.

“That is also why I was brought in here, because we will get talents and we will try to maximise what we can out of players.

“You look at Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing and Jose Enrique since the start of the season and we have added value back to them. Absolutely.

“That is the job of the manager and the coach, as well as winning games. My job is to improve players in every aspect of their game.

“You have to work with the players you have and I have done that throughout my life.

“I will always push to get the best possible squad we can here but the most important thing at the minute is putting in place the philosophy and model that will allow us to improve players.”

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