Four things Liverpool learned from England's win over Denmark

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With five of England's starting XI against the Danes coming from Liverpool, there was a lot Brendan Rodgers learned last night.

Indeed, Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling, Glen Johnson and Jordan Henderson all featured for Roy Hodgson's side against Denmark. Here's what Reds fans can take away from the game.

Dan's the man for the big occasion

Liverpool forward Sturridge is in the form of his life. With 18 goals to his name in the Premier League this season, there are few defenders in English football who can stop him.

But the 24-year-old has not always produced for the national side. For one reason or another, Sturridge only had one goal in his last four for the Three Lions before last night. A convincing performance against Denmark changed that, though.

Last night was perhaps the first time Sturridge looked truly comfortable enough to produce his A-game when not in a Liverpool shirt. He displayed superb technique, took players on at will and, vitally, got the winning goal.

Does this mean the 24-year-old is learning to raise his game at the top level? If so, some very promising Champions League nights await the Reds next season... providing they make the top four.

No one fires Jordan up like Brendan

It was a quieter night for Henderson yesterday, however, with the 23-year-old looking a little out of place in Hodgson's side. Although the Liverpool man could not be said to have given a bad performance, he wasn't as bursting with energy as usual.

That can definitely be put down to nerves while representing his country - but it could also very much be down to how he is being managed. Through no specific fault of Hodgson's, he just might not be able to fire Henderson up like Rodgers does.

At times, the 23-year-old looked a little lost, unsure of whether to make a forward run or stay back. Perhaps Hodgson hasn't quite worked out where Henderson will fit in yet, whereas Rodgers knows exactly what he wants from the midfielder. Those little differences showed last night.

Glen could be world class with a better touch

The case of Johnson, meanwhile, has always proved a bit of an enigma for both England and Liverpool fans. On his day, the right-back can be sensational - especially going forward. So often, though, the 29-year-old is berated for losing the ball too much and neglecting his defensive duties.

And if last night showed us anything, it's that Johnson is capable of awful lot - he just can't always produce it. At times, the England man looked unstoppable running at the Denmark back line and delivering crosses into the box. Yet the odd flaky touch let him down and a move would stop dead.

With better control, Johnson could cause opposition defenders so many problems that he would simply be world class.

Stevie is like a fine wine - he just gets better with age

Finally, it doesn't seem to matter how old Gerrard gets, he just keeps on getting better. Last night, he was at his pass-master finest, spraying the ball around the park for fun.

Often, the 33-year-old would find himself in the right-back area and ping an effortless ball to Raheem Sterling down the left, finding his man perfectly. The next minute, Gerrard would be switching the ball from left to right to create yards of space for his team-mates.

For both England and Liverpool, every strong performance that Gerrard puts in tells us that this titan could keep going at this level for another 3-4 years. What a privilege he is to watch.

What did you make of England's Liverpool contingent yesterday?

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