Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had praise for his side’s determination as they scored late to record a much-needed 1-0 victory at home to Stoke City on Saturday, the Liverpool
After three consecutive Premier League defeats which had left them in 12th place, Liverpool started slowly in what turned out to be a cagey first half of few chances, but they raised their game in the second half with Jordan Henderson firing narrowly wide on the volley and Raheem Sterling also going close.
However, Stoke also created opportunities as Mame Biram Diouf was put through by Bojan Krkic and was denied by goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, before the impressive Bojan hit the inside of a post with a fierce shot.
The crucial goal came five minutes from time as Rickie Lambert’s header hit the crossbar and right-back Glen Johnson won the race to the rebound to score with a stooping header. And although Stoke came very close on two occasions late on as Mignolet was forced into a fine save from Bojan after Sterling cleared an effort off the line, the Reds held on.
And after the game Rodgers – who left captain Steven Gerrard on the bench – said: “It was a hard-fought victory but a well deserved one. People might think I’m happy with wining 5-3 and 6-4 but I’m equally as happy with 1-0.
“In the first half we had enough of the ball but we lacked a bit of intensity. In the second half we were excellent. You felt the goal was coming. The players deserve a huge amount of credit for the courage and resilience they showed against a good side.”
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