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Rodgers hails Liverpool two scapegoats as 'outstanding', says Sterling 'incredible'

Brendan Rodgers heaped praise on his Liverpool players after their narrow win over Blackburn Rovers.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was beaming as the Reds beat Blackburn Rovers, and he was keen to praise his players after the win.

Two under-fire defenders were the subject of his positivity, summer signing Dejan Lovren, and a player whose contract is set to expire at the end of the season, Glen Johnson.

Rodgers believed the duo, along with midfielders Joe Allen and Raheem Sterling deserved a special mention after the 1-0 win.

He told Liverpool's official website: "Glen Johnson and Dejan Lovren haven't played a lot recently and they were both outstanding; I thought Joe Allen was magnificent in midfield.

"And I thought Raheem Sterling was absolutely incredible tonight again. It was a very good team performance and one that of course we're happy with."

Sterling has himself been at the centre of controversy in recent days, after his BBC interview last week in which he confirmed he had rejected a new contract.

The winger had three shots on goal during the match, but did not get any of them on target. He created one chance, ut completed seven dribbles, just two less than the rest of the Liverpool team combined.

Right-back Glen Johnson completed 91 per cent of his passes, and was involved in an attacking sense, also making one key pass, and having two of two shots on target.

Neither he or Lovren made a single tackle, but the Croatian centre-back made eight clearances, more than any other defender.

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