Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has told the club’s website that the team can be pleased after their 1-0 win against Besiktas in the Europa League last night.
Striker Mario Balotelli stepped up to score from the penalty spot to give the Reds a slender advantage heading into the second leg and Skrtel has given a positive verdict on the result.
“The key was to win and the good thing is that we didn't concede as well,” said the defender.
“The main thing was the result, to get a good result before the away game - and we got it, so we are happy.”
However, the question some Liverpool fans may be asking this morning is should the club have done more?
The stats according to WhoScored certainly suggest they should have increased their advantage and made things a bit easier for themselves in Turkey next week.
Liverpool had nearly 60% of the ball over the course of the game and twice as many shots.
Credit has to go to Besiktas for the dogged way they defended throughout the game, but there is evidence that the Reds could have put more goals on the board.
That would have given Rodgers more options next week in terms of resting players and rotating his squad ahead of an important game against Manchester City in the Premier League.
Liverpool need to back themselves away in Europe next week and it will be important that Skrtel commands the defence well, keeps things organised at the back.
Besiktas don’t have an away goal and if Liverpool can score first in the second game, their opponents have a mountain to climb.