Brendan Rodgers warns of times when Liverpool will have to win ugly

Brendan Rogers Press Conference Smiling - 16/02/2014

The Liverpool boss reflected as his side narrowly beat Southampton at Anfield on Sunday

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned that his side won't always win in an entertaining fashion, with Sunday's 2-1 victory over Southampton at Anfield a perfect example.

The Reds were renowned for being one of the Premier League's entertainers last season, as they finished second scoring 101 goals in the process. 

They were one of the league's most pleasing sides on the eye as they managed to win games by bizarre scorelines, where scores such 3-2, 4-3, 5-3 and 6-3 didn't seem out of the ordinary.

But the Liverpool manager has suggested there will be times when the side has to dig out results during the course of the season if they are to challenge towards the top of the Premier League.

He's quoted by the official Liverpool website, saying: "A lot of the games here at Anfield we were winning reasonably comfortably last season, so we knew that the expectancy for us was going to be to win the game [against Southampton].

"We won't always win by playing beautiful football. Sometimes we're going to have to dig in and grind a result out, and that's what we did."

Some say that winning ugly is the sign of champions, and that is a characteristic that Rodgers will like to have about his side as they look to bridge the gap between second and first, and end the club's wait to become champions after 25 years.

There will be a need to improve the performance level, but the most important thing for Liverpool on Sunday was to get the win, especially with two difficult looking away games against Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur to play before the end of the month. 

But there are going to be other occasions, especially after Champions League games when the side may be a little tired compared to the opposition. Sometimes it won't be pretty, but the Liverpool boss will be happy as long as three points are secured.

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