Rodgers on basketball derby, Hull and Moses

Brendan Rodgers addressed the press ahead of Liverpool's trip to Hull City on Sunday afternoon

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said the closing stages of last week’s Merseyside derby was like a basketball match as both sides pushed for a winner.

Honours finished even at 3-3 at Goodison Park last weekend and Rodgers will be hoping his side can bring about a calmer display that yields three points as Liverpool travel to the KC Stadium to take on Hull City on Sunday.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s game, Rodgers was asked if he had calmed down from last week’s encounter with Everton.

‘It was a terrific game. If you take away the emotion out of the game it was a really good point for us, a really attacking game that from the coaching perspective – when you analyse – was way too open, lots of mistakes defensively in the game.

‘We showed yet again our incredible character in the team and the mentality which is very strong and what will always help us in our games. We’re a very hard team to beat and it’s very important that as any manager will tell you or coach, then if you can’t win a game then you have fight not to lose it.’

Rodgers was full of Hull manager Steve Bruce’s character. After getting the sack from Sunderland, Bruce has managed to guide Hull to the Premier League and has led them to a solid start this season which sees them lie in mid-table, and higher than the other two promoted sides.

‘They look to be on course to be a team in the middle of the table, so that will tell you it’s going to be a very difficult game. But our confidence is high and our spirit is very strong at the moment. Even though it will be tough we hope we can go and get the points.’

Rodgers refused to be drawn on any transfer speculation to the club, and spoke about Ryan Bertrand but didn’t mention if the club had made an approach for the Chelsea full-back. He said he wouldn’t speak on any other player being linked because he’d be ‘here all night’.

The Liverpool boss also played down quotes from Victor Moses in the media and his lack of playing time saying: ‘The boy has been really, really happy here. Of course he wants to play but the team has been doing very well and the change in the structure of the team meant him coming out. But Victor’s a talent, he’s very happy to be here and to be in the squad. He’s a really good guy and wants to improve.’

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