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Also, Steven Gerrard on the difficulty for young English players to make it at the top level

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants his side to become a more ruthless team as they pursue Champions League qualification this season.

Rodgers wants his players to make the most of any opening when sides around them drop points, like they did at the weekend.

He said: ‘You have to look to dominate those situations if your rivals slip up. It’s the mark of a good team when you can go and put in a good performance and win.

‘That’s what we’ve done. Sunderland put a great effort into the game but our quality shone through in the end and it is three valuable points for us.’

The return of Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman and Rob Jones to the club means they will be working with the under 21 and under 18’s squads at the club’s Kirkby academy.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, the Liverpool boss said: ‘For me it’s so important to have players like that around.

‘These are players who the young guys look up to.

‘The three of them have come in recently and I know they have thoroughly enjoyed having that involvement of working with the kids.’

On the subject of young players, captain Steven Gerrard believes it is hard for young English players to break through to the first team and on to the big stage.

Gerrard told the BBC: ‘There’s no two ways about it, it’s difficult to break through now because of the standard of players and because there’s a lot more foreigners about. That’s the whole top and bottom of it.’

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