Rodgers: We controlled the game against Newcastle

After Liverpool enjoyed a comfortable 2-0 victory against Newcastle at Anfield, manager Brendan Rodgers was pleased with the control his players had in the game, as well as the attacking intensity shown throughout, reports

BBC Sport.

Liverpool took the lead early on through Raheem Stering, and were dominant for the majority of the first-half. But they failed to add to the one goal, and Newcastle fought their way back into the game at the end of the first-half. The hosts still went into the break ahead, but Newcastle came out of the blocks strongly in the second-half.

The Reds did manage to hold them off, and eventually put the game beyond doubt through Joe Allen, but they were a threat to Newcastle all night, and should have scored more than two goals over the 90 minutes. The likes of Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling greatly impressed in attack, and gave the United defence no end of problems.

After the game, Rodgers was full of praise for Coutinho, saying: “Philippe Coutinho was incredible, sensational. He played in that hole between the midfield and their defence and was outstanding. He showed why he is one of the best players in the best league in the world.”

He also praised the rest of his players for getting back to winning ways in the Premier League, after back-to-back defeats, and felt the manner of Monday night’s win was all the more better. “”I thought we showed attacking intent in the game, won the ball back quickly and controlled the game until the last five six minutes in the first half.”

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