Brendan Rodgers happy with Daniel Sturridge on striker's scoring return.


Rodgers happy with Liverpool's fine display at Anfield.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers expressed his delight at the return of Daniel Sturridge and said they missed his pace and finishing after the England striker scored on his return.

The 25-year-old striker found the back of the net 10 minutes after coming off the bench for his first appearance since his last match five months ago.

Liverpool beat West Ham 2-0 at Anfield to move up to seventh in the Premier League table.

Raheem Sterling scored the first goal and Sturridge who came off the bench in the second half, increased the deficit in the 80th minute.

“[A pass like that is] what you want when you’ve been out for so long,” Brendan Rodgers said.

“He just moved naturally into position, and we’ve missed that – that pace and that finishing. You’ve seen him there with 25 minutes and he could have had a couple of goals.

“His first touch was brilliant and that’s what he can do. A great finish and it was nice for him to come back and get a goal.”

Regarding the Merseyside club's performance, the Liverpool boss said: “That was a very good performance today against a team that is a very difficult team to beat.

"They’ve had a wonderful season, West Ham, up until now, but I thought the players were brilliant today on the back of 120 minutes during the week," Rodgers added.

“With West Ham coming into the game fresh we knew they would want to make a quick start and I thought they started well, and we had to ensure that we competed and battled.

“As the first half wore on we started to find the spaces, and the second half I thought we had real good control of the game.

“Against a team that’s very well-organised and got good players you have to show that patience, but against West Ham you’ve [also] got to compete.

“I thought the two centre-halves, Sakho and Skrtel were outstanding along with the goalkeeper – anything he had to deal with he dealt with really well. They had to deal with the direct ball up to Andy Carroll, but once they dealt with that we earned the right to play.

“All round it was very good. We spoke at half time about the combinations in and around the edge of the box. It was a brilliant first goal – great technique from all three players involved in the move. Coutinho has two assists today with two great passes.”


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