It’s two matches and two wins for Liverpool as the Anfield outfit recorded another narrow win yesterday with new-boy Christian Benteke bagging his first competitive goal since moving to Merseyside last month — something that has obviously delighted boss Brendan Rodgers.
“I thought he was a real handful tonight – you saw all the facets of his game. “ He can help the ball on to areas, he can take the ball in, control and switch the game, his touch is good and you see him linking and combining,” raved the Reds manager, talking up the Belgian. “It gives us a different dimension to our game, whilst looking to retain that philosophy to move the ball and get fluency. That will come and grow over the coming months.”
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The win may have come under controversial circumstances with Philippe Coutinho both offside and making an attempt to play the ball before Benteke poked it home, but when the points are tallied up in May, no one will be trying to scratch this one from the record. Liverpool never recovered from a slow start to their last campaign and though they’ve still got quite a few kinks to work out both on the training ground and on the pitch, their resilience under pressure is a cause for optimism.
“I’m pleased we’ve got two wins, six points and two clean sheets. Defensive organisation has been good and that’s important for us,” enthused the Reds boss. “We know the qualities we have and we know as players find fitness at this stage of the season and get more game time, our game will become better. My concern at this period was showing that steel and determination to get results and to make a good start,” he added. “I think last season it wasn’t until October when we got back-to-back wins, so to get that in the first two games is pleasing – but we still have a lot of work to do.”