Coutinho, whose previous effort moments earlier had flown well over the bar, then took charge with a run and strike that helped bury memories of Liverpool’s nightmare 6-1 thrashing on the same ground in May.
Aside from defensive solidity, it was far from a pretty performance but Rodgers cared little about that, believing character and attitude are more important at this stage. It was about ensuring the personality came out.
“Eleven weeks ago it was embarrassing but I think that puts it to bed”, Brendan Rodgers said in a news conference.
A single long-range strike from Philippe Coutinho proved to be the crucial difference in what was a hard fought game against a well drilled Stoke side. A great turn and he got away from the midfield player and a wonderful shot. “I think he already is one of the stars of the Premier League”.
While Liverpool’s signings haven’t exactly had that wow factor, they’ve been smart by clearly strengthening the spine of the team with James Milner and Benteke adding a physical presence.
With this in mind, we look ahead to the players that are likely to be chosen after some standout performances over the weekend.
He has showed that with his quality. He was outstanding.
“It was pleasing to keep a clean sheet, we looked really solid and as a team we did a good job”.
Christian Benteke, Nathaniel Clyne and Joe Gomez were also named in Rodgers’ line-up, while Roberto Firmino was introduced during the second half.
The Reds are prepared to listen to offers of around £8m for the 28-year-old, whose first-team chances at Anfield will be severely limited if he stays, sources have told ESPN FC.
He said: “I don’t know, I haven’t seen it again, but if the referee felt it was worthy of a yellow card for an elbow he was fortunate not to get a red under those circumstances”.
“The referee thought it was a yellow card for an elbow”.
The latest side to be linked with Lucas is West Ham, as per Goal, have turned their attentions to the Brazilian after their primary target Alex Song got injured. There are going to be games throughout the season where maybe you don’t play as well as you want.