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Rodgers: Mentality was key

Brendan Rodgers paid tribute to the resolve of his Liverpool side following their 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Anfield.

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Daniel Sturridge scored the only goal of Sunday's game after just four minutes as the Reds went top of the Premier League with a third straight win.

Manchester United enjoyed a lot of possession but Liverpool held firm to keep their perfect defensive record intact, and Rodgers was keen to stress after the match that it was his players' attitude that helped them at the back.

"Our mentality was key. We didn't play as well as we have and Manchester United played some really good football, but our defensive mentality gets better all the time," he told Sky Sports.

"The resolve we have in the group was evident."

With Liverpool's extra-time cup win over Notts County taken into account, the Reds have won four from four this season.

"The players have been outstanding," Rodgers added.

"We worked hard in pre-season to get this start. We have four from four and we are getting the rewards for how hard we're working.

"I am so proud of them."

Rodgers' joy was certainly shared by the Liverpool owner, John W Henry.

"Terrific win; terrific start for the season. What a match! Poised and smart play against United. Team effort, superb desire," the American wrote on Twitter.

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may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

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ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

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Wenger hails important win

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s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

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