Liverpool morning news, Rodgers pleased with Sterling revival, side looks for momentum

Raheem Sterling And Rodgers

A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Friday morning.

Raheem Sterling's performance in the 2-2 draw with Ludogorets was one that pleased manager Brendan Rodgers as the teenager showed signs of returning to his best form after a bit of a dip of late.

Sterling played a key role in Jordan Henderson's goal which put the Reds ahead in Bulgaria, and could have won the game himself after some neat interplay with Steven Gerrard in the final third - only to be thwarted by the opposition's goalkeeper.

Rodgers is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “Even though he had stomach cramps and had to come off at the end, he showed his desire and quality.

“I think that was more like the team we had - the structure of the team worked well.

“It was never going to be a night solely on football. We had to go to a difficult place and get a result in the Champions League, and we did that with character.”

Rodgers has added that Liverpool need to build some momentum as they look to turn their faltering season around. They are currently within a win of making it through to the knockout stages of the Champions League, but now they need to turn around their Premier League form, as they currently sit in 12th place with 14 points from their opening 12 games.

He said: “The key for us is that we need to get momentum, we need to give the supporters at home some encouragement and some signs that we are improving because up to now it hasn’t been good enough - it is as simple as that."

There are indications that some of the players who were drafted into the side in midweek, like Lucas Leiva, could be used in the coming weeks as they try and turn their season around.

Experienced defender Kolo Toure has compared Rodgers to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger - who the defender has also worked under.

He's quoted in several newspapers, saying: “I see Wenger in him because he’s so intelligent. He knows how to speak to players and how to get the best out of them. Just look at what he’s done during a short time here. When he arrived Liverpool were doing badly. He came in and brought the club a long way up."

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