Liverpool morning news: Reds genuine contenders, SAS hailed as best in the league

Some of the key stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Monday morning, with plenty of reaction to Liverpool's 5-3 win against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said his side are genuine title contenders after their first win against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium in the Premier League.

The Reds won 5-3 to move themselves up into fourth which puts them five points behind Manchester City who are currently top of the table, and the Liverpool boss believes his team is improving all the time.

Rodgers said after the game: ‘We entered into the game today, 18 games to go, nine at home, nine away, knowing seven of those nine away games were against teams in the bottom half. That doesn’t mean they are gimmes by any means – it is a very tough league – but certainly we have shown enough to be challenging and that is all we ever wanted to be. We never stated we are going to win the league, to jump from where we have been at, we just needed to be in the conversation.’

Daniel Sturridge scored on his return to the side and immediately linked up with strike partner Luis Suarez – who made it 22 goals this season with a brace - and their understanding pleased their manager.

Rodgers said: ‘They’re both outstanding players and outstanding talents. You could see from their link-up for Luis’ goal, where Dan has slid it round the corner to him and Luis has finished it really well.

‘Then there’s Dan’s movement for Luis to play him in [for the fifth], which was exceptional. It was such a short space and he’s taken a defender in, put it back over his shoulder and scored. Butland has made a great save – I thought it was in the first time.’

Jordan Henderson has told the Liverpool Echo that Liverpool’s SAS strike duo is the best in the league.

The midfielder said: ‘Even in the warm-up before the game Daniel was buzzing to be back. He will be fresh for the rest of the season now and he’s a great plus for us as he gives us another option.

‘He’s such a fantastic player and he has great movement. Him and Luis combined well for a couple of the goals.

‘It’s really pleasing to see those two back playing together. With quality like that up front you know you can always score goals.’

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