Etihad Stadium

Next Game

Man City v Liverpool

Monday, 25 August 2014, 20:00

Barclays Prem

Anfield

Last Game

Liverpool 2 - 1 Southampton

Sunday, 17 August 2014, 13:30

Barclays Prem

Rodgers savours 'special' win

Brendan Rodgers was left to savour a 'special' derby feeling after seeing Liverpool hammer arch-rivals Everton 4-0.

Last Updated: 29/01/14 at 07:32 Post Comment

Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool boss enjoyed a derby day to remember

Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool boss enjoyed a derby day to remember

It took the Reds 21 minutes to break the deadlock at Anfield on Tuesday, but then the floodgates opened and they never looked back.

Talismanic skipper Steven Gerrard opened the scoring before fearsome SAS frontline Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez got in on the act, with the former netting twice and missing a penalty.

"I'm delighted for the players and obviously the supporters," said Rodgers.

"I know that feelings run high here on Merseyside for the derby games. It was a brilliant team performance. There was good defensive organisation. We were outstanding on the counter attack and we controlled our spaces really well.

"We were clinical in front of goal. We scored four and could have had arguably two or three more. It was a brilliant win for us and I'm delighted for everyone.

"It's obviously really special because of the nature of the game - it was two teams that have been doing outstandingly well and doing the city proud throughout the course of the season.

"It was a combination of the players and the supporters - they were brilliant again tonight. I'm delighted for them because I know how special the derby games are here and how special they are for the supporters.

"For them to get that win and the victory, and for the players to perform how they did, was really special. We've got a real focus and concentration going into every game.

"This was a massive game tonight as everyone who came to the ground knew, so for us to score goals, defend like we did and attack with that efficiency was very pleasing.

"We knew it was going to be a big match. I'm more delighted for the players and supporters. For me, it's three points; I'll be more delighted at the end of the season if we can arrive in the top four. I'll probably over-analyse the performance and see the areas we can improve on going forward."

A comprehensive success leaves Liverpool in fourth spot, six points off leaders Arsenal, and Rodgers is convinced that the Reds can secure a return to UEFA Champions League competition.

He added: "I think we've shown all season that we're going to be in contention for fourth place and we know that there's going to be one or two other teams fighting for it.

"We've shown a wonderful team spirit here [at Anfield]. We've had various players missing at various times. But we've been able to structure the team so that we're not relying on any one player.

"It's really about the ethos of the team and that was seen tonight. Our attacking players were filling in the spaces and putting the work in."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

O

K FIFA we're done, you can ban us now

jimmyjazz
Barcelona transfer ban upheld

A

h Daniel. I could spend hours on this subject putting the world to rights. You can even take a step back and ask why football fans (and society in general) have this need to know that something will happen before it actually does. There are times this important, when it comes to things like war, food production and natural disasters. A man you've never met changing his job? Not so much.

ajsr1982
Time To Burst The ITK Bubble

G

reat article. Hits the nail on the head. Encapsulates why I don't read tabloid newspapers anymore. The only thing worse is the 'told you so first' headline when they get lucky.

ianonabeach
Time To Burst The ITK Bubble

Footer 365

Premier League: Edin Dzeko signs new four-year Manchester City deal

Edin Dzeko has signed a new four-year contract with Manchester City.

Transfer news: Juventus insist there is no truth in Arturo Vidal to Manchester United talk

Juventus director general Giuseppe Marotta insists there's no substance to the talk linking Arturo Vidal to Man United.

Manchester United have completed the signing of Marcos Rojo

Manchester United have completed the signing of Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon.

Mail Box

So Long And Good Luck To Nani

A Mailbox that offers best wishes to a departing hero, defends Olivier Giroud, tells us to steady on over Calum Chambers and makes some amusing predictions...

Mailbox: Feeling Sorry For Poor TC23

If there's one loser in all the machinations at Man United, it's poor TC23. We have mercifully few mails on United, but lots on Arsenal and in particular Olivier Giroud...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property