Rodgers: Man Utd defeat was Liverpool turning point

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has reflected on the defeat to Manchester United earlier in the season and described it as the game that salvaged the season despite the outcome, talkSport has reported.

Rodgers pointed to the trip to Crystal Palace a month prior to the game at Old Trafford and cited it as the worst performance of the year, or years prior, during his time at Anfield. The Eagles claimed a 3-1 victory in the late November fixture but Liverpool responded with three league games without defeat.

“After the Crystal Palace game, we had to arrest the momentum because it was going away from us, we weren’t playing, there was no pressure in the team, no intensity, nothing of what we had showed for the last couple of years,” Rodgers said.

“We picked up seven points out of nine and in that little period of three games we were defining a way to get back to how we wanted to play,” he continued. “We threw that in against Manchester United and we lost that game but I saw enough in that to see we were creating chances again.

“From that we have then kicked on and our performance level has been getting better and better.”

Liverpool have lost only once in all competitions since the 3-0 reverse against United, beaten only by Chelsea in the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg. The tie ended 2-1 on aggregate after a 1-1 draw at Anfield, Branislav Ivanovic scoring the decisive goal at Stamford Bridge.

The streak has seen Liverpool move to seventh in the league table ahead of this Saturday’s Merseyside derby. Rodgers’ team lead Everton by 12 points and five places, the sides drawing 1-1 earlier in the season. Last year’s Goodison Park derby ended in a 3-3 draw, Daniel Sturridge scoring a late equaliser after Everton had gone in front through Romelu Lukaku.

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