Brendan Rodgers watched his Liverpool team beat Premier League champions Manchester City 2-1 at Anfield on Sunday…
After the match, Rodgers praised his team’s character and relentlessness, reports the Daily Mirror.
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The Reds beat City thanks to goals from Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho. The victory left them just two points off fourth placed Manchester United, and in with a great chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
The Merseyside club had to play in a gruelling Europa League match just three days before the encounter. They were knocked out of the competition by Besiktas after extra time and penalties in the game. Despite this they were able to deal with the Citizens, who hadn’t played since last Tuesday.
Rodgers said: “I have to take my hat off to players. To get back at half four in the early hours of Friday morning – by the time they got to bed it was six, and they had to sleep all of Friday. We then did some light work yesterday, but to come out and play like they did, they were relentless.”
He added: “They restricted a top team to just one shot on target and deserve all the praise they will get. The character of this team was questioned at the beginning of this season, but we were just trying to find a rhythm and balance to the team, with little time and lots of new players. It [improvement] hasn’t just happened. They have worked hard, and believed in how they were working.”
With their next fixture against Burnley, the Anfield outfit could well keep the pressure on in the race for the Premier League top four.