It would be fair to say that many Reds supporters were very surprised at the club’s performance against Manchester City, with expectations certainly low following the disappointment last weekend. However, after managing a hugely respectable 2-2 draw with the champions, confidence is now back at Anfield and Brendan Rodgers has moved to issue praise on two of the club’s younger players in Joe Allen and Raheem Sterling.
Even though the Reds relied on two of their more experienced heads in Martin Skrtel and Luis Suarez to get on the score sheet, both Allen and Sterling put in two very impressive performances and Rodgers clearly couldn’t hold in his delight.
Speaking to the press about Sterling afterwards, he said, “For a 17-year-old lad coming in to play against the champions, I thought his performance was fantastic. He is a young player who has improved every single day I have been here”. Rodgers then went on to compliment Allen, saying, “I think the Liverpool supporters will enjoy watching this kid play football. He is 5ft 6ins but in terms of being a footballer he is 7ft 6ins. He’s absolutely immense. His courage in getting on the ball, how he reads the game and his football intelligence is outstanding.”
The draw with City has certainly lifted morale considerably at Anfield, following on from last week’s 3-0 humbling at West Brom. Moreover, most supporters are disappointed that the Reds could only manage the one point in the end, after seeing defender Skrtel gift City an equaliser in the 80th minute following a terrible back pass.
Nevertheless, the Rodgers revolution certainly seems to be progressing and following the recent signing of Nuri Sahin, fans are hopeful that the team can build on this result and start to make a mark on the top places of the Premier League.