Liverpool thrashed Swansea 4-1 at Anfield last night and finally put up a performance to be extremely proud of.
The Reds scored three goals in 18 minutes in the second half and ended a rollercoaster year in eighth place in the Premier League, five points off the top four. Brilliant performances from the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Alberto Moreno, Jordan Henderson, Emre Can Adam Lallana – who scored a brace – ensured that Liverpool can end their year on a high and approach the Leicester City game on New Year’s Day with some confidence.
Rodgers feels the way Liverpool have played in the last two weeks or so, is more at the level of how they were performing in the last season.
“The last two or three weeks the performance level has been much more what we were over the course of the last 18 months,” said the Reds boss.
“A lot of work, a lot of hours going in to find a tactical idea to get back to that.
“Obviously it wasn’t traditional because we are having to play a young winger as a striker but the shape of the team causes other teams problems.
“When you have the players that want to press the ball and work as hard as we did tonight and have the quality to back that up then you can be a really hard team to play against and is how it’s been tonight.
“Apart from a ridiculous spell of seven-eight minutes when we scored the second goal when we gave the ball away cheaply and conceded and did the best to give them another goal, apart from that it was a real dominant performance.”
Rodgers also heaped praise on Adam Lallana, who scored his first brace in the Premier League.
“I’m very pleased with Adam. He is a wonderfully gifted player, and it was a big move for him to come from Southampton where he was captain,” he said
“It’s difficult to come to a club this size for all the new players as you don’t know about the expectancy until you come here.
“They are now starting adapting to that, to what we are doing here and where we want to go.
“It is a very young team, average age 22-23 so I was very pleased with the overall performance of Adam.”
The Northern Irishman said he felt Jonjo Shelvey did not intentionally catch Emre Can in the face in the first half and also thought the referee made the right decision not to take action on Raheem Sterling for lifting his hand to Federico Fernandez’s face
“I’ve seen both. The referee has probably seen them for what they are. Young Jonjo has swung his arm and probably caught him but not intentionally.
“[Fernandez] and Raheem were probably at it all night. Raheem clipped him round the head but I think the referee has dealt with it. It was the end of the game and I thought the referee dealt with it well.”