Liverpool in chase of Champions League spot after City win – reactions
English Premier League: Liverpool 2-1 Manchester City
Coach Rodgers hails his team’s performance
“It was a brilliant result and an equally brilliant performance. I thought we thoroughly deserved the victory.
I thought the players were relentless today in their work and their intensity and we had some great quality in our football. It was very, very pleasing.”
“Some of you guys will have come to our game, travelling with the press on the journey with us. And I’m sure you felt first-hand what it was like, getting back at half past four in the morning and probably not getting home until about six o’clock.”
“To then have to prepare yourself for a game against the champions is no mean feat. To play and perform like we did today, with that intensity and work and quality, you’ve got to take your hat off to [the players].
“How they performed was at a real top level. I’ve got nothing but admiration for them because their focus was good in the game. They worked the system very well. And as the game wore on, we created more chances. We restricted Manchester City to one shot on target.”
“I’ve said it leading into this game and I’ll repeat it again, if we can get into the top four this season, it’ll be a better achievement than what we did last season because of our starting position at the beginning of this year, and the new players and the adaptation they needed to have.”
Coach Pellegrini regrets lack of chances to grab better result
“I think they scored two beautiful goals, both from the edge of the box and impossible for Joe Hart to save.”
“It was a close game, we had chances – David Silva, Kun hit the post and had another chance.”
“When they won the game we were playing with just with one striker so that wasn’t the problem. It’s three points less, when we drop points it’s difficult to try to reach the top of the table.”
“We must try to continue, to win the next game and as many games as we can, and we’ll see where we finish.”