Liverpool not about to change style - Brendan Rodgers
League’s topscorers won against Swansea but conceded another three goals
Daniel Sturridge scores his second and Liverpool’s third against Swansea at Anfield. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.
Brendan Rodgers vowed to keep faith with Liverpool’s attacking style after a rollercoaster 4-3 victory over his former club Swansea.
Liverpool, whose four goals were shared by England internationals Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge, squandered leads of 2-0 and 3-2 before finally securing the points, overtaking Manchester City as the Barclays Premier League’s top scorers with 70 goals.
Although irresistible going forward the fourth-placed Reds were again erratic in defence, conceding to their former midfielder Jonjo Shelvey before Wilfried Bony scored a brace.
Liverpool have shipped eight more than title rivals Manchester City and Arsenal and 14 more than table-topping Chelsea, but Rodgers is not prepared to revert to a cagey game plan.
“I think that’s not our style,” he said.“I worry always to play good football. I’m not totally satisfied with always grinding out results. It’s the point of the season where it’s about winning, that’s what professional sport is about at this level — especially if you’re up there challenging — but for us, I will always concentrate on performance.
“Ultimately I always think the consequence of performing well consistently is good results.
“This season shows that, I think. When we play well more times than not we get the win. Today we were not quite at our best but we scored four goals and won the game. It was a very, very important performance for us.”
Sturridge, who opened the scoring by rounding Michel Vorm and added a rare header before half-time, is used to seeing his name on the scoresheet, but Rodgers was delighted to see Henderson joining him.
The former Sunderland midfielder has been in fine form this season, but had scored just once in the league prior to this match.
“He showed great leadership, you could see him driving the team on,” said Rodgers. “The first goal was outstanding, and we’ve been talking to him about getting up there because in training his finishing is sublime.
“But what was really pleasing was his second. We’re telling him to arrive in the box because he’s got the legs and the energy to do it. That’s where his goal came from; there was a terrific reaction save from his first attempt and he followed it in. It was a really important finish for us.”
Swansea boss Garry Monk, who worked under Rodgers during the latter’s time at the Liberty Stadium, was proud of his side for pushing Liverpool so hard in front of their own fans. Rodgers has been coy about talking up the Merseysiders’ title prospects, but his opposite number had no such qualms when reflecting on the game.
“You come here against a team who are pushing for the league title and to come their ground and give them such a good game, to be in it right to the end, shows how well we’ve done,” he said. “Why can’t they win it? They’re up there and it’s not out of their grasp.
“They’ve got the players to do it. With the strikeforce they have and the attacking players, there will always be goals in them.”