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Brendan Rodgers: In the second half we really dominated the game


Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was proud of his players after the 1-0 win away at Swansea City.

With Arsenal and Manchester United both winning their respective games in the weekend, the Reds desperately needed all three points to keep fighting for a top four finish.

And they didn't disappoint as they registered their fifth win in a row in the domestic league.

"It was a wonderful demonstration of the character and resilience in the team, especially [after] how we played in the first half," Rodgers said.

"Any system you play in the game doesn't work unless you have that ability to work, and we just weren't anywhere near it in the first half. But that resilience and character kept us in the game.

"We knew we were going to be better in the second half, we changed the structure of the team a little bit and then I thought in the second half we really dominated the game.

"I'm proud whichever way [we win], we work very hard first and foremost on how we defend.

"It's not just about the style, you have to have a foundation and the foundation for that is how we press the game.

"You can see whenever the team isn't quite pressing how we want then it becomes a little bit broken, like it was in the first half.

"We pressed the game and shortened the pitch much more in the second half. We got the goal and had opportunities to get a few more.

"We know that we have the capacity to win games. Our away record over the last two years is really strong.

"You see the resilience in the team and when we're not playing so well, we've still got that organisation and resolve to keep a clean sheet.

"In the second half we were much more fluent in our passing and movement. We played the most part of the game in their half. We didn't have too many scares in the second half.

"It's a great victory, it's a difficult place to come here and we're very happy."

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