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Brendan Rodgers delighted with win, full of praise for Steven Gerrard


Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was happy with his side's improvement in the second half against Wimbledon.

The Reds move on to the next round of the FA Cup but questions will be raised after goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was at fault for the Wimbledon equaliser.

"It was a tough game overall, we started the game quite well but then gave the ball away cheaply," Rodgers said.

"In the second half, we were much better.

"The physicality always puts you under pressure - they have good delivery. The ball came into the box consistently and of course that can be a threat. You'll never be overly comfortable in those situations.

"I've got to give a lot of testament to my players - they showed a lot of character. In the second half, we should have had two or three more goals."

Captain Steven Gerrard was Liverpool's hero as he grabbed both goals for his side and the manager says he could have added more.

"He scored two and if he was a really selfish player, he might have stayed on the ball and got himself a hat-trick," added the Liverpool boss.

"But he was still trying to create opportunities for other players.

"He was outstanding tonight and it was a good win for us. I've played him in a number of positions because he's an incredible footballer. His intelligence and football brain is second to none.

"He played at the top of the midfield box and you saw his creativity, cleverness and brightness.

"I used him as a playmaker for 18 months, starting the games from behind when we had other players in the team up at the top. I moved him forward tonight and he was outstanding."

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