English Premiership

Rodgers happy with progress

2014-12-30 09:16
Brendan Rodgers (File)
Cape Town - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has hailed his side's "outstanding performance" after they brushed aside Swansea City 4-1 at Anfield on Monday.

The Reds look to finally be finding their stride after a shaky first-half of the campaign, with this week's success making it back-to-back wins to hoist them up to eighth in the standings and now five points adrift of fourth.

In fact, the Merseysiders have lost only one of their eight matches in all competitions in December, and, according to Football411, Rodgers believes they can now take that form into the New Year, where they face rock-bottom Leicester City on January 1.

The boss told Sky Sports: "It was an outstanding performance against a very good side in the top eight. For us to perform like that was very pleasing.

"A few weeks back we put a lot of work in to find a way to get that creativity back. We've seen in the last few weeks our intensity and pressing which leads to the creation of chances."

Rodgers was also happy to see his side return to their philospohy of pressing as a unit, and made special mention of the work rate of Adam Lallana.

"It's something we've been searching for all season. We went with a similar system at the beginning of the season as we did last season, going diamond at the beginning.

"But we lost some players. We search for that tactical idea to go with. You look at the effort my players put in tonight; pressure, intensity, squeezing, hunting the ball after only having a game a few days ago.

"[Lallana] got his reward for a great performance and work rate. We asked the players to do that."

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