Liverpool boss Rodgers passes “immense credit” to team for ending Stoke curse
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hailed his men after picking up a 5-3 win over Stoke City on the road. The Anfield boss gave away “immense credit” to his players for finally ending defeating Stoke City at their home, Britannia Stadium.
Liverpool picked up an emphatic victory thanks to a brace from Luis Suarez and goals from returning players Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard. Sturridge scored a late goal in the game and Gerrard scored from the penalty spot.
Stoke City have been a nightmare to play against at home for Liverpool. The Reds hadn’t picked up a league victory over the Potters since 1984. Moreover, Liverpool have only managed to acquire two points from the last five trips to Britannia Stadium.
Stoke City have enjoyed a good spell at home this season. Their defeat to Liverpool was only their second home loss of the season. Rodgers believes his side did well to record a good performance against the Potters.
“It was a brilliant win, Liverpool had never won here in the Premier League and we all know why, it's a notoriously difficult place to play, but I want to give immense credit to the players,” Rodgers said.
Sturridge, who has been struggling with ankle injury since November, finally returned to the Liverpool team as a second half substitution. The English striker lost no time in putting his name on the scoreboard. Rodgers was exuberant to see Suarez and Sturridge in his attack once again.
“Both of them combined very well, they're both outstanding talents and you could see from their link-up and Luis’ [second] goal, where he [Sturridge] slid it around the corner to him and Luis finished it really well. And then Dan's movement for Luis to play him in was exceptional. To get the fifth goal, away here, really shows that threat that we have,” Rodgers added.
Rodgers claims Premier League defenders are finding it hard to stop the relentless Suarez, who goal tally has now swelled to 22 for the season. Suarez, who came up with another brace, is currently the top goal scorer in the Premier League.
“He has shown in his time at Liverpool in the last year or so that he is near unplayable,” Rodgers said. “He on his own can occupy a back four with his movement and his cleverness.”