Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said his side have made mistakes defensively but he stressed the main concern for him is if the side is winning or not.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, Rodgers said: ‘We’ve made mistakes, we own up to that. We’ve made mistakes defensively and that’s cost us goals, some of them have been cheap goals. We started the season very well.
‘It’s swings and roundabouts really. We started the first three games we won 1-0 and then people talked about our lack of goals and I don’t think it’s one thing you can level at this team. The creativity and the number of goals that we scored, and now we’re scoring goals it’s the clean sheets. As long as we’re winning.’
‘We really relish going there. Our last two performances and the goals we’ve scored have been outstanding so we know we can go to anywhere and get goals we just need to make sure we don’t make mistakes defensively as a team.
Liverpool travel to White Hart Lane having suffered an injury blow in the form of Steven Gerrard picking up a hamstring injury against West Ham United, who joins Daniel Sturridge on the sidelines but Rodgers believes Liverpool have enough talent to cope and has tipped Luis Suarez to come into his own.
‘Whenever any team misses their best players then it can make if difficult. Steven in my time here has been an ever present. He’s been absolutely brilliant for me as a manager on the field, off the field and of course him being out is a miss. His stature and his quality, of course we’ll miss.
‘Luis is in great form. His quality, his energy, his robustness. This is where he really comes into his own he’s remarkable and he’s up for every game.
‘We really relish going there. Our last two performances and the goals we’ve scored have been outstanding so we know we can go to anywhere and get goals we just need to make sure we don’t make mistakes defensively as a team.’
Rodgers said that Spurs have been ‘terrific’ so far this season by balancing qualification for the Europa League knockout stages and still being in the mix towards the top end of the Premier League, and said six or seven teams are fighting it out for the top four places this season.
‘I think they’ve done really well. The Europa League they’ve won all the games in that. They’ve got a really strong squad, real depth in their squad and they’re right up there in the Barclays Premier League.
‘This is a league now that is very difficult to gain that consistency and that’s why the teams are so close together.’
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