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Rodgers hails Liverpool stars

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers hailed his players as "brilliant" after their stunning 5-1 win over Arsenal at Anfield.

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The Reds ran riot against Arsenal with Martin Skrtel and Raheem Sterling netted two each and Daniel Sturridge grabbing the other as Liverpool boosted their top four aspirations and moved within five points of Arsenal in the table.

Rodgers was full of praise for his troops as they produced one of the best performances in the Premier League this season to dismantle Arsenal and he believes his side are improving all the time

"Overall, the players were tactically brilliant and you saw their appetite and hunger for the game. That was important for us," Rodgers told the club's official website.

"We were brilliant today, a wonderful performance in such a prestigious game between the two teams. We do a lot of work on our pressing. I always feel if we press well, we can pass well.

"To play like that, not just the result, but the performance level was absolutely out of this world. I'm very pleased and it's another marker for us that we're getting better and improving all the time."

Rodgers believes the manner of the thumping win will prove beneficial for the future of his young charges.

"We've had a number of great wins and a number of outstanding performances," added Rodgers.

"Tottenham away was outstanding; Everton at home we were outstanding in a pressure game; we got the result against Manchester United and played reasonably well.

"This year was going to hopefully be another big step for our development. Look around the team - we've got 19-year-old players, Raheem Sterling was incredible.

"We had an 18-year-old coming on, Coutinho is 21, young Jon Flanagan is 20 years of age. It's a very young side, but with a wonderful appetite for the game and a wonderful ability to learn.

"They want to learn and progress. You can see as time goes on, the idea to press well and pass well. That was the key for us today."

Rodgers refused to be drawn on whether Liverpool could fire themselves into title contention as a result of the victory over Arsenal.

"There's no doubt we've been outstanding for a big part of the season," continued Rodgers.

"We've had one or two off days, but in the main the quality of our game has been incredible.

"The objective has always been to finish as high as we possibly can, but you have to also look at the other teams around. We'll just keep focused and keep our concentration.

"I want to be in a position where we can really challenge for the title. The players have been incredible; we just hope to continue with that development and see where it takes us."

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