Liverpool morning news, derby victory could be springboard, several contract talks underway

Brendan Rogers Press Conference Smiling - 16/02/2014

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that victory in tomorrow's Merseyside derby could act as a springboard for the rest of the season.

Both the Reds and local rivals Everton have had stuttering starts to their Premier League campaigns and a win for either side at Anfield tomorrow would be a welcome boost for the victors.

Last season's 4-0 win over their local rivals was the catalyst for an incredible run that saw Liverpool finish just two points behind eventual champions Manchester City.

Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo: “It’s a big game because of the nature of it and coming early in the season and with where we’re at, it has real importance attached to it.

“You get great confidence from winning a game like this.

“I respect the rivalry and the intensity of these games. I have really enjoyed every moment of all the derbies I’ve been involved in during my time here."

Rodgers added that there are contract talks taking place for a number of players after speculation this week linking 19-year-old Raheem Sterling with a move to Real Madrid.

He told the Echo: “There are ongoing talks between the owners and myself regarding contracts for a number of players.

“With Raheem we are relaxed where we’re at with him.

“The club are dealing with that and I’m sure we’ll get the solution.

“He is very happy here – that’s the key thing. In time I’m sure that will be sorted.”

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