Previous
Real Madrid
Barcelona
2
0
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 5 - 1
Game Details
Napoli
Nice
2
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Istanbul Basaksehir
Sevilla FC
1
2
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Celtic
FC Astana
5
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
FC Utrecht
Zenit St Petersburg
1
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Montreal Impact
Chicago Fire
1
0
LIVE 11'
Game Details
Norwich City
Queens Park Rangers
2
0
FT
Game Details
Sheffield Wednesday
Sunderland
1
1
FT
Game Details
Next
Real MadridReal Madrid
BarcelonaBarcelona
2
0
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 5 - 1
Game Details

Rodgers defends wayward Suarez

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for Luis Suarez despite the striker's failure to convert one of his myriad chances against Reading.

• Jolly: Sterling making giant strides
• Blog: Huff and puff not enough

Suarez, 25, provided the assist for Raheem Sterling's winning goal in the 1-0 victory at Anfield but was guilty of missing several opportunities, with nine of his ten attempts on goal not even hitting the target.

However, Rodgers refused to criticise his forward, insisting that there is nothing wrong with Suarez's strike rate.

"He's not perfect but he has got a great return if you look at his stats, when he was at Ajax and since he has come into here," Rodgers said.

"But there is no doubt he will want to be more clinical. But going forward we will want to get more players who take the load off him."

Rodgers praised Suarez for his determination to play, four days after appearing at altitude in Bolivia for Uruguay, and despite sustaining a dead leg in a challenge by Reading's Kaspars Gorkss on the stroke of half-time.

"He didn't want to come off," Rodgers said. "He is an incredible character. He created opportunities for himself. A terrific performance from him. He kept going, kept getting into good positions and will be disappointed he didn't score."

The Northern Irish boss also praised Sterling, who opened his account for the club at the age of 17 years, 317 days. Only Michael Owen, in 1997, has scored for Liverpool at a younger age.

"It was a wonderful finish and he is a terrific talent," Rodgers added. "He has a good head on young shoulders."

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.