Traumatic week over for boss

Brendan Rodgers wants to move on from Luis Suarez's 10-match ban after praising Liverpool's 'brilliant' performance in the 6-0 mauling of Newcastle United.

Last Updated: 27/04/13 at 23:32 Post Comment

Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool manager wants to move forward

Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool manager wants to move forward

The trip to St James' Park was the first game of Suarez's suspension, which was imposed for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, and Liverpool made light of the striker's absence.

His replacement Daniel Sturridge scored twice on Tyneside and Rodgers is keen to look forward as the Reds try to finish the season on a positive note.

"It has been a traumatic week for the football club but we accepted that.

"Luis did wrong, he takes his punishment and we move on. And we had to move on with a performance today and I don't think we could have done any more."

Liverpool's performance demonstrated they are far from a one-man team and Rodgers praised the collective effort.

He said: "He's been an outstanding player for us, Luis, this season and I am sure will continue to be for the future.

"Other players have scored goals, he has just been a talent. It's probably because he has played so much, he hasn't missed many games, so I can see why maybe people would label us as that.

"But we are up to 67 goals now. Luis has scored a number of goals for us and been fantastic, but you see today it's very much about the collective, how we press together, how we pass together, how we go and penetrate together.

"We got six goals and maybe could have had a few more. A priority for us was a clean sheet so we are certainly no one-man team.

"We are very much a collective group and our concentration and focus today was very, very good."

January signing Philippe Coutinho drew praise for an excellent performance, while Fabio Borini marked his first appearance since February by scoring just moments after coming on as a substitute.

Rodgers added: "We were brilliant, we were so clinical. It was a terrific start for us and to get that early goal really helps and gives you confidence.

"We talked during the week about our penetration and we have some wonderful technicians, and there is a pace and youthfulness in the side.

"Coutinho can play in a couple of positions, but above all he's a master technician. He slides the ball in, lifts it over people and he was unfortunate not to get a great goal himself.

"Sturridge can prove to be one of the top strikers in Europe in the next three years. He needs opportunities, but he has pace, power and can finish. Today he was phenomenal.

"It was nice for Fabio to get a goal after coming off the bench after being out so long.

"To score six goals and keep a clean sheet, it was very important for us."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

t's why Mourinho is so successful. He gives players a specific, limited set of functions to perform. They are but a cog in a machine. Do no more, do no less. I assume he learnt it from LvG :)

red_devil83
Fellaini Has Politely Become Undroppable

I

really hope that someone in the mainstream media spots that the Bayern manager played for and managed Barcelona quite well, and thinks to mention it in the build up. That would be really interesting.

megabrow (cufc)
Barcelona to face Bayern

Y

our gob says one thing, Brendan, the results say something else.

balls-to-monty
Rodgers bullish over Anfield future

Footer 365

Ilkay Gundogan close to Manchester United move

Manchester United are close to agreeing a £21.5m deal to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, according to Sky sources.

Eden Hazard will stay at Chelsea and not move to Real Madrid, says Jose Mourinho

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is not concerned about Real Madrid’s reported interest in Eden Hazard.

Barcelona to face old boss Pep Guardiola's Bayern, Juventus draw Real Madrid in Champions League semi-finals

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola will return to the Nou Camp to face Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final.

Mail Box

Chelsea Millions Should Buy Better...

For the money they have spent, Chelsea should be playing like the Harlem Globetrotters rather than Atletico. We have mails on Cesc, Brendan Rodgers and...

Brendan Rodgers Is David Cameron...

Rodgers is compared to the Prime Minister, insomuch as he has a right to peddle bulls**t, apparently. Plus why comparing Arsene Wenger to Diego Simeone is a mug's game...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company