Liverpool’s transformation won’t happen overnight, warns Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers warns his transformation of Liverpool will not happen overnight after the Reds seal a 1-0 victory over Gomel

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Brendan Rodgers has warned his transformation of Liverpool will not happen overnight after the Reds claimed victory over Gomel in the first leg of their Europa League third-round qualifier.

Stewart Downing’s impressive 67th-minute long-range strike sealed a win in Belarus for the Merseyside outfit in their first competitive game of the new season.

Liverpool were far from impressive, but Rodgers was pleased by the attitude of his players in a tricky European tie.

“How you play the game is based on the players you have. At this moment in time our squad isn’t complete and we still have work to do,” Rodgers said.

“It won’t happen overnight and it’s going to take time. What I was really pleased with tonight, which is a vital ingredient for success, is desire and commitment.

“For a lot of the players it was their first 90 minutes so when you have that you have something to build from.

“We have a lot of improvement to make but I am excited in the future we will make those improvements.”

Joe Cole was replaced by Raheem Sterling in the first half, while Martin Kelly took over from Glen Johnson at right-back after half-time, but Rodgers revealed both changes were merely precautionary.

“Glen was only scheduled to play 45 minutes anyway so he was taken off as planned,” he added.

“Joe just felt his hamstring a little bit. I don’t think it is totally pulled and it was just a little bit of tightness so we had to take him off. It disrupted our plans a little bit but it was better to have him come off rather than risk injury.”

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