Brendan Rodgers satisfied with win.


Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has expressed his satisfaction with his team's performance after a 1-0 win over Stoke City.

The only goal of the game came late on in the 85th minute from Glen Johnson's header to give the Merseyside cub their first win in five Barclays Premier League games.

"I'm satisfied," Rodgers said at his post-match press conference, reported by Liverpoolfc.com. "People look at how my teams like to play and I think they think I'm happy with 5-3 and 6-4.

“I'm equally, if not more than happy, with 1-0. You can't play perfect football.

"We have shown wonderful character this week; we should have won our game in the week, and in Europe it is never easy. Today, in the Premier League against a good team, we have kept a clean sheet and won against a team that doesn't concede many goals.

"I was very satisfied and my overriding feeling was that I was delighted for the players because they are a wonderful group to work with."

Asked the words he used to rouse his players in the second half, after a poor first-half with few chances, he said: "I felt we just needed to up the speed of our game a little bit, move the ball a little bit quicker and look to press the game a little bit higher up the field," replied Rodgers.

"I thought in the first half we had enough of the ball, but lacked a little bit of intensity, which is understandable because the confidence of the team isn't at the top yet.

"In the second half we were excellent and you just felt it was coming. The players deserve a huge amount of credit for the courage they showed today to keep going, and the resilience and persistence against a good side that have got really good players.

"A hard-fought victory for us, but a well-deserved one, I felt."

Written by @SimonOmokhua


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