Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes last weekend provided a "defining moment" which shows his side can compete with the best.

Trailing 2-1 to West Ham, having been a goal up, the Reds scored twice in the last 14 minutes to secure their first back-to-back Barclays Premier League wins for almost a year. Sandwiched between was a crucial 1-0 victory over Udinese which ensured their passage into to the knockout stage of the Europa League and Rodgers sees progress.

"We reached another defining moment at the weekend against West Ham," he said. "There's a golden period at the end of a game - the last 15 minutes - which the best teams can affect. When we were down we showed the spirit and fight we have in the group to come back and win the game."

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