Liverpool media round-up: Rodgers on Ings display and Sakho fitness

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A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Monday morning.

Liverpool's troubles continued with a 1-1 draw with Norwich City at Anfield on Sunday, despite an improved performance from the side. 

Danny Ings scored his first goal for the club only a few minutes after coming off the bench, but the Reds were pegged back by a Russell Martin goal after he capitalised on some poor goalkeeping from Simon Mignolet.

Rodgers is quoted on the official Liverpool website as telling reporters after the game: “In the first half, we were a bit static, I felt, we had the ball in decent positions but probably the movement in front of the ball wasn’t as we would like.

“But also on the back of our last performance here, [there was] a little bit of anxiety in the first half. [In the] second half, we freed ourselves up a little bit more.

“Danny Ings, coming on, was outstanding, his pressing and ability to run in behind was there to see.

“It was going to be important that we got the first goal, which we did with an excellent goal. Then we lost our concentration for a set-piece, which is not so good from our part.”

Rodgers seemed particularly pleased with Ings, who provided a good work ethic when he came on at half time as well as getting his goal, something which the home fans seemed to respond to.

Mamadou Sakho was given his first Premier League start of the season at the expense of Dejan Lovren, who Rodgers stuck with for the first five games of the season.

Sakho made his first appearance of the season in the 1-1 draw with Bordeaux on Thursday, putting in an impressive Europa League performance, and Rodgers is quoted in the Liverpool Echo as saying that the Frenchman needed to build up his match fitness.

He said: “He was excellent in the week. The thing with Mama has been about keeping him fit and making sure he is at a peak level of fitness to play the games.

"That was always something that was a concern but he's worked very, very hard on that aspect of his game and I think he's come back into the team in the week and today and was excellent.”

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