Rodgers praises Liverpool after ‘vital’ win, offers explanation for recent struggles

Brendan Rodgers

A 2-1 win over West Brom took Liverpool up to fifth place in the Premier League, with summer signing Adam Lallana one of the scorers.

Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool have found out how hard it is to stay on top of the game this season, after enjoying a superb 2013-14 league campaign.

Saturday's hard fought 2-1 win over West Brom was their first since August, and dragged the club back up the table to the cusp of the Champions League places.

And the character and determination of his players was particularly important for Rodgers, with the Baggies impressing in recent Premier League wins over Spurs and Burnley.

"It was satisfying," the Liverpool boss said of the result. "We had to show character and the resilience of the players was fantastic.

"As we work more together the quality of our game will improve and the performance will improve but you have to find a way to win and we did that.

"That was against a team coming in with good confidence having won 4-0 last week [against Burnley].

"They keep clean sheets, they are difficult to beat and we found a way to break through that resistance and win. It was vital for us before the international break."

The Reds boss also suggested a reason for his side's struggles in recent weeks, with a lengthy injury list to several squad members, including star striker Daniel Sturridge, restricting the rotation available to the Northern Irishman.

With a period of rest on the cards for those currently unavailable, the former Swansea boss believes things will look much better on the fitness front when the Liverpool players reconvene after the international break for their next league game away to QPR.

"We showed great potential against Tottenham and once we get all the players back and we can rotate the squad a bit better that will help us," Rodgers said.

"Certainly from now, he'll [Sturridge] have the course of the international break to get ready, and he'll be fine for QPR."

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