Rodgers praises ‘telepathic’ Sturridge & Suarez

The Liverpool boss believes his strikeforce is as good as any in the Premier League, with the pair having scored five goals between them in their last two outings

Brendan Rodgers praised duo Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge after the deadly duo both netted in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace.

The former Swansea boss believes the strikers, who have already netted five goals between them in two league matches this season, have a “telepathic” understanding which allows them to form such a clinical partnership.

“We’ve done many exercises to help them improve that combination. All we’ve asked is that they work hard for the team and their natural ability comes out then,” Rodgers told reporters.

“They’re not static strikers and they occupy a back four on their own. They have a telepathic nature to play with each other and obviously for the team it bodes well fo us going forward.

Despite seeing his side go top of the Premier League with victory over the Eagles, Rodgers admitted he was unhappy aspects of the performance, but was nonetheless pleased that they were still able to pick up the three points.

“In the final third of the field it was very good. The two boys up front are as good as anyone in the league so you know you’ve always got a chance with them,” he added.

“We took our goals well, creating a number of other chances, but the second half was obviously nowhere near where we want it to be.

“Without playing great we won the game, and that was something last season that we were guilty of. I’m not the type of coach that only wants to win. I worry about how the team plays and how we can control a game.

“I felt today in the final third it was hard to argue that we weren’t outstanding. The combination play was great but we’ve still got a lot of work to do behind that. The lack of composure and control in the game was disappointing.”

Steven Gerrard’s penalty wrapped up the points for the hosts before half-time, and Palace manager Ian Holloway was not happy with the officials’ decision to penalise Dean Moxey for a pull on Raheem Sterling.

“Unfortunately we are being punished for any mistake we make at the moment,” he said.

“The shape was wrong for the first goal and the second goal was self-inflicted. I don’t think my centre-half needed to win that and I think we needed to calm down.

“We had a couple of chances after that, but unfortunately if you don’t take them at this level it can be pretty unforgiving.

“Going in three down at half-time in the fashion we did made me pretty upset. I think he’s got it wrong.”

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