Sturridge can be decisive in Champions League push – Rodgers

“I’m talking about people outside of here”.


Liverpool edged to an unconvincing 3-2 victory over struggling Aston Villa at Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon to end a four-game winless run.

England striker Daniel Sturridge scored his first two goals since March, having had hip surgery in the summer, with a fine volley and a cool finish.

Liverpool boss, Brendan Rodgers has launched a thinly veiled aattack at the players at his disposal by claiming he does not have the right tools to work with.

“Of course there is a lot of hysteria around the team and the club and myself”.

“I’ve talked with him after a game and whatever I’ve thought he has already said ahead of me so I think he is well on top”.

He added: “The hysteria around ourselves is obviously interesting to know – I’m pretty confident there’s a group of people who don’t want me here as the manager“. “In all competitions, we have lost less games than Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal“.

“We’ve had 70 shots in the last two games and not quite had that luck so it’s pleasing to get a few goals today and I’m sure this win can kick-start us”.

“Today we were clinical, got our rewards, and it’ll give the players that bit of confidence”, Rodgers said. I never anxious about the players.

“I don’t think the pressure goes away unless you are winning games and getting the performance level”.

“It was a young group of players we acquired”. We are playing the way we want to, creating and not like the United game where we didn’t play like we wanted to. After being picked out by Philippe Coutinho, the former Villa man netted on his left side from the edge of the box.

However, despite Liverpool’s 3-2 victory over Villa, it appears Rodgers will have to continue to put up with speculation around losing his job, and particularly a certain German manager replacing him.

The fact remains that, under Rodgers, Liverpool who carry the fifth-highest wage bill in the Premier League, have underperformed in two of his three seasons, and far from “exciting Europe” in the Champions League, Liverpool disappeared without trace.

“To compete at the top you have to have big quality and Sturridge has shown during his time here that he’s a really top talent”.


“But when they make individual errors you don’t need me to tell you, they’re there for everyone to see”.

Brendan Rodgers Press Conference