Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was pleased with the Capital One Cup quarter-final win over Championship side Bournemouth yesterday as his side put in a good first half display and did enough in the second half to qualify for the semi-finals.
The Ulsterman revealed in the post-match interview that his side were slowly getting back to their best after a disappointing string of results in the last few months, “It was a tough game coming here.
“I know the Championship well enough and I know Eddie [Howe] well enough to know that he produces good footballing teams.
“They are a team that has been working very well. So for us to come and dominate and score the goals we did was very pleasing.
“Despite the result at Old Trafford, I saw moments in our game that I thought were good [against Manchester United]. We created a lot of chances, so I can certainly see signs of us getting back to where we were. We know there’s a way to go.
“I think slowly we’re getting there. I’ve said that my teams have shown here at Liverpool that as the season goes on they get better and better. There are a lot of players adapting.
“You saw young Markovic tonight – he gave an outstanding performance. I’m looking to find solutions to make us more creative, because we haven’t been that at all this season and that’s the mark of the team.
“We obviously work very hard on our possession and movement and creativity. It’s taken a long time for us to find rhythm this season. But what has never stopped is the work-rate of the players. You come to places like this tonight and it takes character and quality to get through.
Rodgers happy with the patience shown by his attacking players
Liverpool’s second goal against Bournemouth came after a good string of passes which eventually led to Markovic putting the ball in the back of the net. Rodgers was really satisfied with the patience that his side had in breaking their opponents who were always going to make it hard defensively, “I thought the first goal was a wonderful example of our patience, movement and creativity. It was an outstanding goal. We showed real authority on the ball and we waited for the moment to penetrate a very good team.”
“Tactically, the players were very good. They had to be patient. Bournemouth are a very good side. They are well drilled and well organised, closing the gaps.
“So we had to move the ball from side to side in order to penetrate. That patience is what is required. There are other times when we break away and someone will dribble and go through and score. But I thought overall it was an outstanding team performance and the goals were great to see.”
Liverpool will next take on Chelsea in the two-legged semi-final which will be played on 19th and 26th of January.