Speaking in his post-game television interview (above video) following his side’s 1-0 victory over Bournemouth at Anfield on Monday, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was very sure of two things: 1) it was vital for Christian Benteke (a $50 million signing this summer) to get his first Liverpool goal out of the way early, and 2) Bournemouth are a side to be reckoned with and will not be relegated easily this season.
Rodgers, on Benteke’s Anfield debut and getting his first LFC goal:
“I thought it was great for him to get his first goal for Liverpool, and especially in front of the Kop. That’s special for him. I thought his all-around game was excellent. He’s bedding into a new team, but you can see his threat, you can see that he’s an excellent footballer. … When the ball’s in the box, he’s actually in the box and threatening to score.”
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Rodgers, on Bournemouth’s prospects of avoiding relegation this season:
“We expected that. We expected a really tough game. They’re a team that’s been growing over the last two or three seasons and thoroughly deserved their promotion. Eddie, I’m very confident, will do well and keep them in the league. They have a way of working and playing, which is something that has to be admired, and they can cause you a problem.”
Up next for Liverpool is a hugely important away date with Arsenal (Watch live, Monday at 3 pm ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra), in which Rodgers’ Reds will put their two-wins-in-two start on the line.