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Liverpool building from the front admits boss Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers believes the individual talents of star strikers Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge are creating a stronger team at Liverpool.

While the Reds’ front two have plundered 42 Premier League goals in 49 combined appearances, providing the firepower for a tilt at the title considered impossible at the start of the season, their team-mates are filling the gaps.

Of Liverpool’s last 28 goals Suarez and Sturridge have scored 12; the former has found the net just once in his last six appearances while his partner could break a club record in Sunday’s FA Cup fifth round tie as he seeks to be on target for the ninth successive match.

But if opposition defenders think keeping those two quiet is the solution the Reds’ scoring statistics show there are plenty of other players who can do damage.

“I think great players make others around them better,” said Rodgers.

“It is that difference between good and great. You have great players like those two who give the team confidence and they also open up spaces for other and both are very talented.

“They are helping making other players better and that is what is making us, as a team, better.

“Luis (asked to play a wider role in recent matches) has shown the true team player he is; we just do what’s best for the team and that is what is asked of all the players.

“Luis will always get himself in those goalscoring positions because he roams and arrives in those areas.

“Daniel is better through the middle because of his pace and pace really hurts teams.

“Both are outstanding finishers but both are not asked to do any more than the others and that is the key to our success so far.”

Rodgers takes his side to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday just eight days after battering Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield.

With the Gunners having a big Champions League game against defending champions Bayern Munich next week there has been some suggestion Arsene Wenger’s side will not be fully focused on the task immediately in front of them.

However, the Reds boss believes personal pride will play a big part.

“It is never easy when you get exposed like that but that was more down to our brilliance on the day because the players were outstanding,” he added.

“If you come up against that normally it doesn’t happen again for a while and you have time to get over it and build your confidence again.

“Coming across us so quickly afterwards will be interesting to see the effect.

“They have some outstanding players and they will be keen and motivated and players at this level are very competitive and they want to be able to show they have put that past them.

“They will see it as an opportunity to build confidence again, playing at home.

“But if we can show anywhere near the level of the league game then we are in with a great chance of winning.”

 

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