Sep 15, 2014

Liverpool news and transfers: Philippe Coutinho backs Raheem Sterling to take Champions League by storm

Brendan Rodgers men suffered their second defeat of the season as they were stunned by Aston Villa at Anfield on Saturday


Time to tighten up

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers admits his side were poor defensively in Saturday's shock defeat to Aston Villa.

Gabby Agbonlahor got the only goal of the game at Anfield as the Reds struggled to break down the visitors but Rodgers has concerns at the other end.

He said: "We have to defend better. The worst case scenario should be that when we have those days when we’re not creative with the ball, then we get a point and move on.

"That’s the disappointing thing about it because we didn’t and it is important for us. I think you see from the goal that we need that consistency.

"They lost their marker too easily in the box."

Not-so super Mario

One Liverpool fan has let Mario Balotelli know exactly what he thought of his performance against Aston Villa on Saturday.

The Italian delivered a lacklustre display on his home debut as Liverpool felt the absence of Daniel Sturridge.

And in a post-match interview, the supporter claimed Balotelli needed a "rocket up his a***e".

He continues to say Liverpool have been spoilt by the quality of Luis Suarez in the past few seasons, almost reluctantly acceptant that his replacement will never live up to the same standards.


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Shining light

Philippe Coutinho has backed Raheem Sterling to be a star in the Champions League.

The Reds winger has emerged as a key man for club and country and ahead of the clash with Ludogorets, Coutinho claims he can get better.

He told the Liverpool Echo: "Raheem is having a very good time and is in very good shape. I believe he will do quite well in the Champions League.

"We are training together every day and I know his potential. He has the potential to perform like that for Liverpool and the national team."

Moving on quickly

Simon Mignolet insists Liverpool will respond against Ludogorets tomorrow night.

The Reds go into their first Champions League Group B clash on the back of the defeat but Mignolet is convinced there will be a significant improvement.

He told the Liverpool Echo: "We have to forget about this as quickly as possible and lift ourselves for the Champions League. We have to make sure we bounce back on Tuesday night.

"Ludogorets are a bit of an unknown side for us but we have to look at ourselves. We need to make sure we improve and I’m sure we will."


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