Brendan Rodgers predicts gradual Liverpool improvement

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Brendan Rodgers has stated that his club will continue to grow game by game, after Liverpool's opening day 2-1 victory against Southampton.

Liverpool eventually came out on-top in a game that could have easily swung in the other direction, with both clubs having numerous of chances in an entertaining, open Anfield clash.

Sterling and Sturridge shine in hard-fought win

Midway through the first half Liverpool and England youngster Raheem Sterling opened the scoring, slotting a perfectly placed finish past new Saints stopper Fraser Forster after Jordan Henderson played him through one-on-one.

Southampton equalised through an emphatic finish from an unlikely source, with Nathaniel Clyne burying the ball into Simon Mignolet's goal after neat build-up play inside the Liverpool penalty area from summer signing Dusan Tadic.

Daniel Sturridge clinched victory for Liverpool though following a deft Sterling header, 11 minutes from the final whistle.

Rodgers in buoyant mood

"It was very similar to last season - the first game of last season," Rodgers told Sky Sports after a hard-fought victory.

"Southampton played very well in the first half and we had to dig in, we were obviously not anywhere near our usual fluency in the game.

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"We scored two very good goals and we're delighted about the three points. I think in terms of the character and desire and the will to win we were exceptional. We made blocks when we had to.

"Obviously towards the end when you're 2-1 up and they're throwing everything at you, you've got to be strong and brave and make challenges. That was important today and as the season goes on, we'll get better and better."

Stars to fill the Suarez void

Rodgers also heaped on praise for goalscorers Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling for picking up where they left off during the second half of last season.

"Those boys did that last year so I don't think they're stepping up, I think they're continuing at the level they were at last season," he said.

"I think it's 36 goals for Daniel in 50 appearances - I think he's the most clinical striker now for the club in terms of the first 50 games.

"For him to get that goal was very important. Young Raheem's was great, Jordan Henderson won the ball back in that transition moment and played a great pass for Raheem.

"There won't be many. We know where we want to add. At this moment, the group are up and running and we're looking forward to the next game."

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