Reds boss shrugs off St Mary's losses

Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers

First published in Sport

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says his team’s poor record at St Mary’s will have no bearing on this evening’s match.

The Reds have lost on each of their last three visits to face Saints, while they were also beaten 1-0 at Anfield earlier this term.

Last season, Rodgers’ side arrived on the south coast having won three consecutive Premier League games, only to be thumped 3-1.

Liverpool are in particularly exceptional form right now, however, with an eight-game unbeaten run pushing them back into contention for the Premier League title.

“We focus very much on ourselves and our own performance,” said Rodgers. “We have to respect them, they’re a good side, and particularly at home, where it is a difficult place to go.

“Obviously, people will look at history and try and compare and judge, but I think we’re a team playing with confidence and we feel we can go to any ground and get a positive result. It won’t really have any bearing on the game.”

Rodgers also revealed his admiration for Saints’ commitment to playing young English talent.

“It’s great to see the likes of young Luke Shaw doing very well. He’s 18 years of age and a wonderful talent,” he said.

Adam Lallana has been around a long time, but still is young and a wonderful, creative player.

Rickie Lambert I’ve got big admiration for, because of his journey as a footballer and in life, and he’s ended up being a really good player at this level, and going on to become an England player.

Jay Rodriguez as well spent time at Burnley in the Championship and has really progressed since he’s been there.

“I take great pride in seeing young guys like Jack Cork – Jack played in my youth team at Chelsea and was an outstanding young player, and he’s gone on and had a terrific career.

“It’s good to see that, when the British talent can progress.”

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6:28am Sat 1 Mar 14

justaSaintsfan says...

I hope to see Brendan Rogers shrugging off another Saints win today!!!

Come on you Saints!!!
I hope to see Brendan Rogers shrugging off another Saints win today!!! Come on you Saints!!! justaSaintsfan
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8:31am Sat 1 Mar 14

Stroppy_gramps says...

so do I

however if Lovren and Fonte aren't in defence with Wanyama in front of them I'm going to be very nervous

although I do think that Yoshida has stepped up his game and Corky is performing wonders as well

What I'm hoping for is an awesome, entertaining game and that we surprise Liverpool
so do I however if Lovren and Fonte aren't in defence with Wanyama in front of them I'm going to be very nervous although I do think that Yoshida has stepped up his game and Corky is performing wonders as well What I'm hoping for is an awesome, entertaining game and that we surprise Liverpool Stroppy_gramps
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9:02am Sat 1 Mar 14

costa gaz says...

This is the best Liverpool side for many years and they are genuine title contenders, but on our day we are capable of beating anyone...... and we are long overdue one of those days.
This is Wanayama's type of game, I just hope that if he starts he is 100% fit.
This is the best Liverpool side for many years and they are genuine title contenders, but on our day we are capable of beating anyone...... and we are long overdue one of those days. This is Wanayama's type of game, I just hope that if he starts he is 100% fit. costa gaz
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9:40am Sat 1 Mar 14

miltonarcher says...

costa gaz wrote:
This is the best Liverpool side for many years and they are genuine title contenders, but on our day we are capable of beating anyone...... and we are long overdue one of those days.
This is Wanayama's type of game, I just hope that if he starts he is 100% fit.
So, we paid 12 million for a guy who is only suited to a particular type of game? Play Jack Cork in this one, Wanayama still looks out of sorts.
[quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: This is the best Liverpool side for many years and they are genuine title contenders, but on our day we are capable of beating anyone...... and we are long overdue one of those days. This is Wanayama's type of game, I just hope that if he starts he is 100% fit.[/p][/quote]So, we paid 12 million for a guy who is only suited to a particular type of game? Play Jack Cork in this one, Wanayama still looks out of sorts. miltonarcher
  • Score: 1

11:21am Sat 1 Mar 14

el caballo santos101 says...

costa gaz wrote:
This is the best Liverpool side for many years and they are genuine title contenders, but on our day we are capable of beating anyone...... and we are long overdue one of those days.
This is Wanayama's type of game, I just hope that if he starts he is 100% fit.
your right it is the best scouse team for ages, I don't think they have the defence to be genuine title contenders though. that's where we can hurt them and score the goals needed outscore them.
[quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: This is the best Liverpool side for many years and they are genuine title contenders, but on our day we are capable of beating anyone...... and we are long overdue one of those days. This is Wanayama's type of game, I just hope that if he starts he is 100% fit.[/p][/quote]your right it is the best scouse team for ages, I don't think they have the defence to be genuine title contenders though. that's where we can hurt them and score the goals needed outscore them. el caballo santos101
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