Rodgers praises West Brom's defensive strength

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says that West Bromwich Albion are very strong defensively.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has praised the defensive abilities of West Bromwich Albion. 

Rodgers was speaking after the Reds' 2-1 win over the Baggies and he was full of praise for the Midlands side's team.

He feels that they are a solid unit and can frustrate teams with their organisation, meaning the three points against them against Anfield were even more impressive. 

"We were playing against a team that were high in confidence coming here, that defends really well and keeps clean sheets," he said to the club's official site. "So it was a big win for us."

The Baggies travelled to Merseyside having picked up back-to-back clean-sheets, but they were unable to stop Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson from scoring.

Alan Irvine's side had gained some momentum by winning against Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley in recent weeks, but they could not continue their run against Liverpool.

The Reds have struggled for form over the opening part of the campaign, but they proved to be more than a match for Albion and Rodgers admits that it was a vital win for his side - even if his side's performance still wasn't of the required standard.

"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," he explained.

"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."

Liverpool will be boosted after the international break by the return of Daniel Sturridge.

The striker has been absent for a considerable period of time, but will be back in the squad for their game against QPR in a fortnight's time. 

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