posted at 18:50
Author Name: Steven Griffiths
Liverpool are back to their best, says Rodgers
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard celebrates with teammate Mario Balotelli after scoring a penalty during their Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on August 31, 2014.London - Brendan Rodgers warned Liverpool's title rivals that his team are back in the groove after they marked Mario Balotelli's debut with a scintillating 3-0 win at Tottenham. Sterling scored Liverpool's opening goal early in the first half and delivered a sparkling display at the top of the midfield diamond formation Rodgers employed to overwhelm Tottenham's fragile defence. Now, despite the departure of star striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona, Rodgers' team look to have got over last season's title race meltdown and the Reds boss believes they will be among the main contenders to win the English crown once again. Balotelli offered glimpses of his vast talent with some neat combinations with Sterling and Sturridge during his 61-minute debut, but Rodgers knows the former AC Milan forward has much more to offer once he gets comfortable at Anfield. He impressed Rodgers with his willingness to tackle the defensive side of the game, even marking at a corner for the first time in his career according to the Reds boss. "He's scored 26 and only missed one, so he's got every right to be asking about taking penalties. But Steven Gerrard is an excellent penalty taker and he showed great composure again," Rodgers said. "We've tried to develop Raheem into a player that can start inside and also play wide. You've seen the flexibility from him today," Rodgers said. Ironically, Sterling fluffed his chance to score an early contender for goal of the season when his dribble past four defenders ended with a woeful finish, prompting Rodgers to joke: "Raheem ran into the box like Ricky Villa and finished it like Ricky Gervais".

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