Former Liverpool boss Houllier lauds Rodgers' youthful Anfield revolution
10:15 GMT, 30 October 2012
Gerard Houllier has hailed Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers for showing faith in youth as he looks to rebuild the Anfield club's fortunes.
The likes of winger Raheem Sterling, 17, attacking midfielder Suso, 18, and defender Andre Wisdom, 19, have all worked their way into Rodgers' first-team this season.
And former Liverpool boss Houllier – who was in charge at Anfield from 1998 to 2004 – believes that Rodgers' approach will pay dividends in the long run.
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'I am pleased with the way Brendan makes the team play,' the Frenchman told Liverpoolfc.com.
'He plays the right way and I’m pleased he’s given a chance to some of the young players. Some are very good.
'Sterling could be a major player for the club in the future and at the moment he just needs to be a little more composed, particularly in the final move of his game.
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'Suso, Andre Wisdom and Joe Allen are all good players and it’s very good for the future of the club.'
Houllier was at Goodison Park for Sunday's 2-2 Merseyside derby draw and he feels that the Reds were unlucky given that Luis Suarez had a late winner wrongly ruled out for offside.
'Liverpool posed a major problem to Everton in changing the system in the second half and I thought Brendan was very clever,' said the 65-year-old.
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'It really helped the team and in the end they probably could have won it.
'It was a goal. I don’t know what the referee saw there because it wasn’t offside. I thought initially he had given a foul for a push by Coates but the flag was for offside. It wasn’t offside.
'Sometimes things even up. I mean, we’ve got to remember we were lucky that time Sander Westerveld’s clearance hit Don Hutchison in the last minute and went in the net, and that was disallowed.'