Former Liverpool striker hails ‘top-class’ manager Brendan Rodgers

Michael Owen praises Brendan Rodgers for his change in tactics

Michael Owen has hailed “top-class” Brendan Rodgers after Liverpool continued their impressive Premier League form with a 2-0 win against West Ham United.

Reds forward Raheem Sterling broke the deadlock in the 51st minute before second-half substitute Daniel Sturridge sealed three points with a late strike on his return from injury.

Liverpool are four points behind fourth-placed Southampton after the Merseyside club extended their unbeaten run to seven Premier League games since a 3-0 defeat at Manchester United.

Rodgers changed his tactics for the Old Trafford clash in December, and former Liverpool striker Owen believes the 43-year-old deserves credit for keeping faith with his new formation.

“Liverpool have plenty to look forward to this season. The way Rodgers has tweaked things to turn it round has been top class,” Owen told Sportlobster.

“Always thought the calls for his head a couple of months ago were ridiculous.”

Owen praised Sturridge after the 25-year-old England star scored his second Premier League goal of the season despite spending the past five months sidelined with calf and thigh injuries.

“So happy for Sturridge. A goal on his return. The lad deserves an injury free run now,” Owen added.

Liverpool face Bolton Wanderers in their FA Cup fourth-round replay at the Reebok Stadium on Wednesday night.

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