Liverpool can keep Romelu Lukaku quiet, says Brendan Rodgers
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers backs his Reds defence to keep Everton's in-form Romelu Lukaku quiet on Saturday
Brendan Rodgers has backed his Liverpool defenders to keep Romelu Lukaku quiet in Saturday’s Merseyside derby.
The Belgium international has scored five goals in seven Premier League appearances for the Toffees following a season-long loan switch to Goodison Park from Chelsea on deadline day.
The Reds have only managed to keep one clean sheet in their last eight top-flight games, but Liverpool boss Rodgers is confident his side can limit Lukaku’s impact.
“He’s a good young player who has come out [to Everton] to get games and he’ll play up there with a player in behind him,” Rodgers told Liverpool’s website.
“If you play centre-half at Liverpool you’ve got to be able to deal with whatever is thrown at you, whether it’s a short, small, nippy striker – someone who moves well – or someone who is a target man like Lukaku.
“You’ve got to be able to deal with it. Our players are well focused on doing their job.”
Rodgers is also relishing the opportunity to see his Liverpool side temporarily leapfrog Arsenal into first place in the Premier League.
“Whatever time of the season it is, if you can be at the top of the table then it means you’re working well, so for us we want to continue our good work,” he stated.
“We understand it’ll be a tough game for us, but these are the games where we can take points from our rivals. That’s our aim.”