Brendan Rodgers pleased with Liverpool's performance at Sunderland.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was delighted with his side's performance in their 1-0 win over the Black Cats.

The Merseysiders secured the win through Lazar Markovic's goal which was scored in the ninth minute. Rodgers' men dominated for most of the game but failed to increase the deficit as they missed loads of chances.

Sunderland Liam Bridcutt was sent off at the start of the second half for a second bookable offence and Liverpool managed to see the game through.

Brendan Rodgers wasn’t happy with his side not being able to score more goals but was pleased with the three points they took home.

“Our only disappointment against Sunderland was we didn’t have the extra goals to show for our domination. We had real good control of the game,” Rodgers said.

“It was important for us today, we had real good solidity. A 1-0 victory was very convincing for us today against a good side.

“Losing the man probably threw us a little more than them. We had a 10-minute spell after that where we didn’t keep the ball well enough but then regained the control of the game.

“It was a really good team performance and very pleasing.”

And regarding Steven Gerrard’s substitution at half-time, Rodgers said: “Steven Gerrard just felt a bit tight in his hamstring. He has played a lot of games.

“He was outstanding in the first half. We don’t need to risk it as we have got a big second half of the season coming up and he is very important for us.”

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