Pat Nevin: Why Brendan Rodgers has turned corner at Liverpool
The Liverpool manager is lucky Christian Benteke is injured, according to Pat Nevin
Brendan Rodgers has turned a corner at Liverpool, according to Pat Nevin.
The Reds were 3-2 winners against Aston Villa at Anfield on Saturday afternoon after James Milner’s opener and Daniel Sturridge’s brace.
Suddenly, what he didn’t have for a long time, if he gets lucky Sturridge stays fit, they can start playing like Liverpool again
Rodgers has promoted Danny Ings to the starting line-up in recent weeks following injury to Belgium international Christian Benteke.
Former Chelsea winger Nevin believes he saw positive signs in the Merseyside outfit’s close-fought victory over Tim Sherwood’s men.
“I think Brendan Rodgers has turned a corner this weekend,” Nevin told Newstalk’s Off The Ball.
“He has got lucky because Christian Benteke is injured. The big thing was lump the ball up to Benteke.
“In comes Sturridge and Liverpool can’t play it long, and suddenly, for large periods of that game, they looked absolutely brilliant.
“It wasn’t as good as Suraez-Sturridge-Sterling, but it was Sturridge looking as good as before, Coutinho looked absolutely fantastic, Milner jumped out at me as brilliant in the position behind the striker, while Ings runs all day long.
“Suddenly, what he didn’t have for a long time, if he gets lucky Sturridge stays fit, they can start playing like Liverpool again.”
Benteke became the second most-expensive signing in Liverpool’s history following a £32.5m move to Anfield from Aston Villa in the summer transfer window.
Ings, meanwhile, completed a free transfer to the five-time European champions from Burnley in July.
The England Under-21 international scored 16 times for Sean Dyche’s side in his first Premier League campaign.
Ings has netted against Norwich City and Carlise United this term.