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Brendan Rodgers delighted with win, praises striker Christian Benteke


Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was delighted after his side hung on for a scrappy 1-0 win against Bournemouth at Anfield.

Christian Benteke's first Premier League goal of the season was enough for the Reds who will now have a full week to prepare Monday's game away at Arsenal.

"I'm pleased we've got two wins, six points and two clean sheets," Rodgers told reporters.

"Defensive organisation has been good and that's important for us.

"There are a lot of new players that have come into the club and it will take them a little bit of time to bed in. What we're seeing is a character and spirit in the team and that's going to be important for us.

"We know the qualities we have and we know as players find fitness at this stage of the season and get more game time, our game will become better.

"My concern at this period was showing that steel and determination to get results and to make a good start.

"I think last season it wasn't until October when we got back-to-back wins, so to get that in the first two games is pleasing – but we still have a lot of work to do.

"[Christian Benteke?] I thought he was a real handful tonight - you saw all the facets of his game.

"His hold-up play is outstanding, he's got a wonderful touch for a big guy and you saw that this evening. He can help the ball on to areas, he can take the ball in, control and switch the game, his touch is good and you see him linking and combining.

"There was one moment when the ball came into the box – which is one of the reasons we looked to bring him in – and because of his strength and power, he tried to make contact with it. It dropped and we had a chance with Coutinho to then shoot.

"In my time here, that's never really happened and the ball's come in and maybe been cleared out, but because of his physicality and contact, he keeps the ball alive in a dangerous area of the field.

"That will really help and once the players get used to seeing and working with that, it'll offer us more opportunities to score goals.

"It gives us a different dimension to our game, whilst looking to retain that philosophy to move the ball and get fluency. That will come and grow over the coming months."

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