Brendan Rodgers praises Liverpool for capitalising on slip-ups

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants the Reds to continue to capitalise on any slip-ups by their rivals in the coming months

Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers replaced Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool manager in May Photo: The Sport Review

Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool must continue to capitalise on any slip-ups by their rivals.

The Reds secured a 3-1 win against Sunderland on Sunday after both Manchester clubs suffered surprise defeats on Saturday, while Chelsea and Tottenham shared the spoils at White Hart Lane.

Liverpool leapfrogged their rivals into second place behind Arsenal courtesy of their win at the Black Cats, and Rodgers wants his squad to continue to show a ruthless edge over the course of the season.

“We stressed that before – that was an incentive going into the game,” Rodgers told Liverpool’s website.

“You have to look to dominate those situations if any of your rivals slip up. It’s the mark of a good team when you can go and put in a good performance and win.

“That’s what we’ve done; we’ve come here and won 3-1. Sunderland put a great effort into the game but our quality shone through in the end and it is three valuable points for us.

“It was an excellent result for us on the back of a really tough game at Old Trafford. Physically, it was going to be a demanding game for us.

“The result and parts of the performance were exceptionally pleasing. We defended very well, we looked a real threat a number of times on the counter-attack.

“We can be better when we win the ball back, on our first pass, to keep the ball for longer periods. That’s an element of our game that we must improve on.

“But we always looked a real threat going forward. The first goal was important, but from that I thought we continued to look a real threat. Some of our play and interchange was exceptional.”

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