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Brendan Rodgers on the win, Sturridge's goal and Gerrard's absence


Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers hails his side's magnificent performance as they beat West Ham United 2-0 at Anfield.

The Reds failed to make it to Wembley in mid-week as they lost to Chelsea in the Capital One Cup but bounced back straight away with an important win over Sam Allardyce's side to keep their top-four finish hopes alive.

"We were obviously disappointed in midweek with the result at Chelsea in the Capital One Cup," Rodgers said.

"We knew coming into today it was going be a tough game. West Ham have done great this season, but we had to win the battle and compete, fight and press.

"My players did that magnificently well. Maybe we could have had more than two goals."

Striker Daniel Sturridge made his long-awaited comeback from injury against the Hammers and wasted no time reminding what the Reds missed during the time he spent on the sidelines.

"It's been a really difficult time for Daniel Sturridge but a wonderful touch and finish, and a great goal for him," Rodgers said on the 25-year-old.

"He is a top class player, he has shown that in his career so far. He worked very hard and the first opportunity that came his way he took. It was a wonderful pass by Philippe Coutinho."

Meanwhile, the manager says a hamstring problem was the reason why Steven Gerrard was not in the squad.

"It was just precautionary, really," Rodgers explained.

"After the game the other night, his hamstring was tight.

"We've got a lot of games over the coming months, so we didn't want to risk it when we have other players that are fresh."

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