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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hails youngsters following League Cup defeat of West Bromwich Albion

Published: September 27, 2012 | 9:01 am
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Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager, has hailed his youngsters following their comeback against West Bromwich Albion in the League Cup on Wednesday while describing their 2-1 win as “a symbolic night”.

Following his arrival at Anfield in the summer from Swansea City Rodgers has struggled in the Premier League where his side have just two points from five games and currently reside in the relegation zone.
However, Rodgers’s second XI have yet to lose a game and have now twice come from behind in a week following their Europa League defeat of Young Boys in Switzerland last week.
After losing 3-0 on the opening day of the season at the Hawthorns, Rodgers said that last night’s win showed how his squad of players are progressing.
“It was a symbolic night as well,” Rodgers said. “It shows how far we are moving as a group from our first day of this season. Then we were a bit disjointed and players were not quite understanding my methods.
“But in the last three or four weeks where our tempo and relentless possession has started to come through.”

The draw for the next round of the competition pitted Rodgers’s former club when Liverpool will continue their defence of the League Cup at Anfield.
Rodgers insisted that Liverpool will not easily loosen their grip on the League Cup after the draw set up a home fourth-round meeting with Swansea.
“The Swansea game will be a special occasion, very much so,” he said. “It is a wonderful club, a brilliant club, and I was in no rush to leave there. I could only leave there to go to another special club. It will be a great night.
“I said to the players afterwards that the cup is stored at Anfield and I don’t want to give it up too easy.
“I want us to fight even though it is difficult because of our lack of depth in the group. It is a competition we want to do well in.”
Rodgers added that he is confident the best is still to come from Nuri Sahin who was also an Arsenal before he joined Liverpool on loan from Real Madrid.
“Nuri is still getting up to speed. It has been difficult for him,” he said. “He was out for a long time and has come here having missed a big part of pre-season.
“But every day he is getting better. He has got great football arrogance, is terrific on the ball.”
Meanwhile, Rodgers said that Jerome Sinclair, whyo became Liverpool’s youngest ever player at 16 years and six days after being introduced as a late substitute, must remain grounded in the coming months.
“He got a nice round of applause afterwards in the changing room. But now his hard work begins. It is no good being the youngest player and then drifting out of it but thankfully he is a good kid.”

telegraph.co.uk

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