Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers: It’s a good start but we can be better

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists the Reds can get even better despite making a winning start to the season

Brendan Rodgers
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers Photo: The Sport Review

Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool can get even better despite their winning start to the Premier League season.

The Reds have continued their impressive domestic form from the end of the 2012-13 campaign by beating Aston Villa, Stoke City and Manchester United in their opening games of the new season.

Liverpool are currently top of the Premier League table and the Merseyside outfit are the only side in the top-flight with a 100 per cent record still intact after the opening three rounds of fixtures.

And Rodgers, who was named as Kenny Dalglish’s successor in May 2012, wants his players to maintain the high standards which the Reds have set over the past nine months ahead of their trip to Swansea on Monday

“It’s important to maintain standards,” Rodgers told a news conference at Melwood on Friday.

“We have to be vigilant going forward. It’s been a good start but we can be better.

“The players have shown in all three of our games at certain stages the quality we want from our team. The commitment, passion and resilience has been there.

“It’s something we need to do consistently, like we have been since January. We have to keep it going.”

The 40-year-old was named the Premier League’s manager of the month for August on Friday as the Reds boss capped what has been a perfect start to the season.

But Rodgers was keen to deflect praise onto his squad and the rest of the staff at the 18-time English champions.

“Well obviously I’m very honoured. But I didn’t receive it on my own. It’s very much a collective effort here,” he added.

“First of all, the players have been outstanding since they came back on the first day of pre-season.

“They’ve maintained the mentality right the way through pre-season and into the beginning of the season. So, it’s very much them that have allowed me to get the award.

“It’s a good start and the player and staff deserve all the credit for it.”

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