Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers strives for ‘perfection’ after Arsenal win

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he is still searching for perfection despite his side's emphatic 5-1 win over Arsenal

Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers took over at Anfield in May 2012 Photo: Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers insists he is still searching for the perfect performance despite a 5-1 win against Arsenal at the weekend.

The Reds surged into an emphatic 4-0 lead within the opening 20 minutes before Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling and Arsenal skipper Mikel Arteta scored second-half goals.

I will continue to push the players. I will never get tired of pushing the players to be the best they can be

Brendan Rodgers

However, the 41-year-old promised that he wouldn’t allow his players to rest on their laurels as the Reds bid to secure a top-four finish this season.

“I will always demand perfection,” Rodgers told the ECHO.

“I know that’s hard because you can’t get perfect football but it’s one where I am a coach who is never satisfied.

“I have this appetite for us to play and work as we want. I want us to be the very best we can be.

“I don’t like getting comfortable. At 4-0 I wanted to ensure we kept our concentration and focus.

“I will continue to push the players. I will never get tired of pushing the players to be the best they can be.”

People are talking about how we should have had seven, maybe eight goals against them

Brendan Rodgers

Rodgers added that he wasn’t surprised by Liverpool’s scintillating performance, adding that he sees his players perform at their top level every day in training.

“I see it every day, I see their work,” Rodgers added.

“But the players have to go out there and deliver and they certainly did that at the weekend.

“It’s been really good to hear some people who have been involved at the football club for a long period of time commenting on how good the performance was. That puts it into perspective.

“The performance level was the most pleasing aspect. Arsenal were the leaders and are preparing to take on Bayern Munich in the next round of the Champions League, and people are talking about how we should have had seven, maybe eight goals against them.

“It really signifies the level at which the players are playing at, in particular at home.

“At times we were looking to have a period of control and I thought that was an impressive part of our game – the way we managed the game. It’s very pleasing but we have to stay calm and look to the next game now.”

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