Rodgers hails Liverpool’s patience against Sunderland

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates after holding on to beat Sunderland tonight
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates after holding on to beat Sunderland tonight
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LIVERPOOL manager Brendan Rodgers felt his side got their rewards for showing patience in tonight’s 2-1 Premier League win at home to Sunderland.

Steven Gerrard’s free-kick opener was followed up by Daniel Sturridge’s 20th league goal of the season, before Sunderland sub Ki Sung-Yeung repluied to ensure a tense finish.

“It was always going to be really difficult. There’s a perception that we’re always going to score four or five every game,” he said.

“There was a block of eight which was hard for us to penetrate.

“We had to be patient and then our quality came through. Our work rate was outstanding and we scored two excellent goals.

“We made the point that we had to show patience.”

Asked if it was a win that marked them out as possible champions, Rodgers said: “Certainly it’s a win that good teams grind out.

“We’re one point behind and this is it. We will recover for the weekend.”

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