Liverpool latest: Rodgers eyes post-international break boost, two youngsters linked

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Liverpool recovered from their disappointing 1-0 loss at Basel in midweek with a 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion this weekend, and manager Brendan Rodgers says he's happy to get the win, and whilst the performance still wasn't up to his high standards, he hopes the international break will mean his side are ready for their next fixture.

"It was a massive win for us, on the back of a difficult week and result in midweek, and not being at our best over previous weeks," said Rodgers. "We were playing against a team that were high in confidence coming here, that defends really well and keeps clean sheets. So it was a big win for us. Now, after the international break, hopefully we'll have a fully fit squad back.

"The key was to come off the back of a disappointing performance and result. The performance wasn't anywhere near where I would want it to be. But while you're searching for that, it's important to get the win and we did that. I'm delighted that we got the win - it moves us right up the table. We can now go into the international break and get ready for our next game," he added.

Liverpool's two goalscorers against the Baggies were Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson, with the England duo providing a much needed attacking threat from midfield. Lallana's first half goal was his first since joining the club from Southampton this summer, and Henderson moved to praise him for his attack-minded play.

"Adam has been brilliant for a number of weeks now," said Henderson. "He is getting his fitness back from that long injury spell he had out. He will be a big player for us this season so hopefully he will keep doing that. He gets us on the front foot well. You can fizz it into him and he will always take his touch forward, gets in behind their midfield and drives us on, which is very important."

"He is looking sharp. He did well with a bit of skill coming inside, I just showed myself for the bounce pass and it was a great finish. I thought he was brilliant all day," added the former Sunderland man.

Elsewhere, Daniel Sturridge remains on the sidelines after an injury picked up with England on international duty a month ago, but is nearing a return according to Rodgers. Yet the former Chelsea striker has revealed how difficult his time out of the team has been in a passionate Instagram message earlier today.

On the transfer front, the Reds continue to be linked with a move to sign Lazio's former Barcelona youngster Balde Keita Diao after the Spanish forward was reportedly made available for £15m, whilst Heerenven teenager Daley Sinkgraven has also been linked with a £4m January move to Merseyside.

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