Liverpool must take advantage of rival losses
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has urged his side to take advantage of their rivals slipping up
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is hoping his team can take full advantage every time their rivals drop points, according to the club's official website.
The Red's have been in good form at the start of the campaign, taking 13 points from a possible 18, which has left them just two points behind leaders Arsenal.
Liverpool returned to form last week, with a 3-1 victory against struggling Sunderland which allowed them to take advantage of slip up's from title contenders Manchester City and Manchester United.
The strike partnership of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge seems to have clicked for the Red's, which is bad news for Crystal Palace, whom they welcome to Anfield at the weekend.
With City and United both slipping up over recent weeks, the Liverpool boss has expressed his desire that his side take advantage of their rivals indifferent form.
"You have to look to dominate those situations if any of your rivals slip up. It's the mark of a good team when you can go and put in a good performance and win," said the Northern Irishman when speaking to Liverpoolfc.com.
"That's what we've done; we've come here and won 3-1. Sunderland put a great effort into the game but our quality shone through in the end and it is three valuable points for us.
"It was an excellent result for us on the back of a really tough game at Old Trafford. Physically, it was going to be a demanding game for us.
"The result and parts of the performance were exceptionally pleasing. We defended very well, we looked a real threat a number of times on the counter-attack.
"We can be better when we win the ball back, on our first pass, to keep the ball for longer periods. That's an element of our game that we must improve on.
"But we always looked a real threat going forward. The first goal was important, but from that I thought we continued to look a real threat. Some of our play and interchange was exceptional."
Suarez and Sturridge combined for all three of Liverpool's goals against the Black Cats and Rodgers is well aware of the qualities that both strikers posses.
The former Swansea manager said: "Both players are natural goal scorers - they want to be in the box and score goals.
"But what has been great is you see that they have a real understanding together so early on; they were both looking for each other in the box when the other one couldn't score.
"It's the mark of two top players. Daniel's pace and power takes him into positions, and his pass with the outside of his boot for the goal was a great pass and Luis' finish.
"Likewise on the counter-attack for the third goal - Luis passes a wonderful pass to Dan, he beats the defender and squares it again. Luis' finish probably looked a lot easier than what it was.
"They looked a real threat and I think they'll continue to look that throughout the season."
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