Liverpool weekend round-up: Post-match reaction and players’ thoughts on Suarez

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All the news, views and transfer rumours from Anfield this weekend…

As transfer deadline day draws ever closer, Liverpool continue to be linked with a number of players. To read our Liverpool-specific transfer news you can find our Saturday report here and our Sunday report here.

Liverpool began their new campaign with a 1-0 win over Stoke City at Anfield on Saturday. The win was courtesy of a Daniel Sturridge strike in the 37th-minute and a late penalty save from debutant Simon Mignolet.

Sturridge had a goal ruled out for offside, before collecting Jordan Henderson’s pass and guiding the ball into the bottom corner from 20 yards out.

While the Reds only managed that single strike, it wasn’t through lack of trying. Stoke ‘keeper Asmir Begovic had a fantastic game, thwarting his opponents time and again, and proving Jack Butland has some way to go to claim his number one spot.

And a comfortable 1-0 win almost became a regrettable draw as Daniel Agger handled in the area and Jonathan Walters stepped up to take the resultant spot-kick. But Mignolet went a long way to justify his move with a low save to his right.

Speaking after the match, Sturridge praised his new teammate.

I want to credit the goalkeeper as well for such a great save,” he said. “That is what won us the game, it wasn’t my goal”.

Speaking to Liverpool’s official website after the game the England striker also talked of his hopes for the new campaign.

I’ve got secretive targets but I am not going to disclose them to anyone,” he said.

Brendan Rodgers also spoke after the match, but refused to be drawn on the Luis Suarez saga except to say he was satisfied that it had been “resolved”.

It certainly seems the Uruguayan is now willing – if not happy – to stay at Anfield; a fact his teammates are pleased about.

We know football, it is big business,” new signing Kolo Toure said. “For a player like Suarez there is no problem, we love him. He can do anything.

He just resolved the problem with the manager and we want him to score our goals. That is what we are looking for.”

Toure and his fellow Liverpool players only have five more games to wait until Suarez should be doing just that.

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