VIDEO: Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool have been much improved since Manchester United loss

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says his side has improved a bit more, game by game, since a disappointing 3-0 loss to Manchester United two weeks ago. Liverpool’s steady improvement culminated in a 1-0 Boxing Day victory away to Burnley on Friday, pushing the Reds into ninth place, seven points off the fourth and final Champions League place.

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“It’s been well documented we haven’t been at the level we’d like, for numbers of reasons,” Rodgers said following the victory at Turf Moor. “We felt that we’ve been improving the last few weeks in terms of performances, and the performance is vital for us in order to get the points.”

Rodgers also took time to hail the performances of youngster Raheem Sterling, who scored the game’s only goal. Rodgers felt Sterling had done the necessary work in training ever since a disappointing showing at Old Trafford, and that because of that he deserved to be Liverpool’s Boxing Day hero.