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Steven Gerrard says Liverpool were at their best against QPR

Liverpool are back to their best! Skipper Gerrard hails win over QPR

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UPDATED:

19:32 GMT, 30 December 2012

Captain Steven Gerrard felt Liverpool’s first-half performance in their 3-0 win at QPR was their best of the season.

The Anfield club scored three goals in 13 minutes, with Luis Suarez getting two and Daniel Agger the other, and were in control beyond that.

They were hardly tested by a Rangers side in big trouble at the bottom and Gerrard admitted his men had been on the money.

Season's best: Liverpool's Luis Suarez (right) celebrates scoring his side's second goal

Season's best: Liverpool's Luis Suarez (right) celebrates scoring his side's second goal

'I wouldn’t say it was easy, that would be disrespectful to QPR, they are having a tough time,” he told Sky Sports 1.

'If we started well we knew we could quieten the crowd and that was the best we’ve played this season in the first half.

Back to their best: Steven Gerrard says Liverpool's win was their best performance of the season

Back to their best: Steven Gerrard says Liverpool's win was their best performance of the season

'The plan was for us to get more goals, but Harry Redknapp is a top manager and QPR changed things in the second half so credit to them.”

Suarez’s goals added further to the brilliant season he has had and Gerrard added of the Uruguayan: 'He’s been brilliant ever since he came here. He’s a magician.

'These clubs have to play him twice a season but we have to play against him every day!'

Coach Colin Pascoe took the Liverpool side in the absence of the ill Brendan Rodgers and he agreed with Gerrard’s assessment of Suarez.

'He’s a maverick, he’s brilliant, I can’t speak highly enough of him. He’s a true gentleman,' he said.

'But all of the lads were magnificent. The chances we created were phenomenal. We could have had a couple more. Some of our play was exciting to watch and I’m sure our fans will be happy tonight.

'It was fantastic to watch, the way the lads passed the ball around and the weight of our chances.'

Rylands Morgans joins Liverpool as head of sports science

Rodgers raids former club Swansea to hire new sports science chief Morgans

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UPDATED:

12:46 GMT, 3 October 2012

Brendan Rodgers has recruited former Swansea head of sports science Ryland Morgans to his coaching team at Liverpool.

Morgans, who left Swansea last week to ‘develop his career elsewhere’ after Michael Laudrup hired Oscar Garcia to a similar role in the summer, becomes the fourth member of Rodgers’ former Liberty Stadium backroom staff to head to Liverpool.

Analyst Chris Davies, performance consultant Glen Driscoll and assistant Colin Pascoe all joined the Northern Irishman shortly after his move in June.

Straight to work: Liverpool have hired Ryland Morgans as their new head of sports science from Swansea

Straight to work: Liverpool have hired Ryland Morgans as their new head of sports science from Swansea

Brendan Rodgers stars in US documentary

Review: Boss Rodgers is the star in US documentary look at Liverpool

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UPDATED:

01:00 GMT, 11 September 2012

From the club who brought you the Boot Room, here is something all together less secretive.

Being: Liverpool is an American documentary billed as the first of its kind, a behind-the-scenes look at life at a major Barclays Premier League club.

If Brendan Rodgers was not keen on having his first strides at Anfield caught on camera then he did a good job of hiding it.

Behind the scenes: Brendan Rodgers (left) and Tom Werner (right) star in the US documentary about Liverpool

Behind the scenes: Brendan Rodgers (left) and Tom Werner (right) star in the US documentary about Liverpool

The television crew follow him everywhere, from his first meeting with the staff at the training ground to the passenger seat of his club Porsche and the living room of his enormous new house in Formby, where he awkwardly reveals through gritted teeth that the son of his assistant manager, Colin Pascoe, is dating his 16-year-old daughter.

The first episode of this fascinating series is a scene-setter that seems rather dependant on a happy ending down the line.

We are pitched into the gloom of Kenny Dalglish's final days as Liverpool manager, cutting from footage of their FA Cup final defeat by Chelsea to a scene in a Merseyside pub where the verdict is grim.

The narrator talks of a 'three-year lull of mediocrity for a club synonymous with glory' and the shot cuts to Tom Werner and John W Henry, the owners, as they attempt to explain from a couch how Dalglish's departure was part of a strategy that had been in place all along.

Henry says: 'When we first talked with Kenny he understood and we understood that there was going to be a time when he stepped aside when we found the right person for the long term.

'He said to me in our first conversation that he would be ready for that.'

That right person, they hope, is Rodgers. This series is dependant on him, seemingly both as the willing and able supplier of soundbites and also as the man who will deliver the contrast to the programme's introduction.

In terms of the soundbites, he has made a fast start. In discussing his family work ethic, he says: 'I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth, I was born with a silver shovel'.

During some of the excellent scenes where he discusses his coaching philosophy, he says: 'You educate players, you train a dog.'

Slow start: Rodgers' Liverpool side have struggled so far this season

Slow start: Rodgers' Liverpool side have struggled so far this season

Board games anyone Luis Suarez (centre) is filmed playing Monopoly with team-mate Lucas Leiva

Board games anyone Luis Suarez (centre) is filmed playing Monopoly with team-mate Lucas Leiva

Later he says: 'Every player I see as a son.' The American audience will love it, which is largely the point, but it's also a risk.

Given the footage already accrued and, indeed, some of the David Brent-at-his-desk-style interviews with Rodgers, it won't be difficult to lampoon the manager if he isn't given the time to implement his brilliant playing systems.

The programme is about more than Rodgers. The first episode introduces characters from the club doctor and Rodgers' family to the players.

In one clip, during the club's pre-season tour to the US, the now departed Charlie Adam is having a 'conversation' with Boston Red Sox outfielder Cody Ross.

'Ever play cricket' asks Ross. 'No,' says Adam. And almost nothing else. Wonderfully awkward.

Face of a star: The scenes where Rodgers talks about his coaching philosophy are particularly revealing

Face of a star: The scenes where Rodgers talks about his coaching philosophy are particularly revealing

Steven Gerrard takes the crew inside his home and shows a bit of his frustration at living with four women but no son, while another scene shows Lucas playing Monopoly with Luis Suarez and discussing the need for the foreign players to stick together.

Fabio Borini, in a fascinating scene during his medical, tells the doctor about his difficulty sleeping during Italy's Euro 2012 campaign.

In all, it covers a lot of bases, as Henry would say.

*The first in a six-part documentary series airs in the US on Sunday.

Hearts 0 Liverpool 1: It"s no joke for Rodgers but Reds" fringe have last laugh

Hearts 0 Liverpool 1: It's no joke for Rodgers but Reds' fringe have last laugh

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UPDATED:

22:26 GMT, 23 August 2012

August is the month when Edinburgh is
awash with comedians but nobody sported a bigger smile in this old city
than Brendan Rodgers on Thursday night.

At the end of a torrid 90 minutes in
which Liverpool had been pushed to the limit by a Hearts side who,
according to their pitch announcer, had ‘done their country proud’,
Rodgers spun on his heels, exchanged a firm handshake with his
assistant, Colin Pascoe, then clenched his fist with delight.

Just Fab: Borini celebrates Liverpool's winner

Just Fab: Borini celebrates Liverpool's winner

MATCH FACTS

HEARTS (4-2-3-1): MacDonald 7; R McGowan
6, Zaliukas 8, Webster 7, Grainger 7; Barr 7
(Robinson 87min) Taouil 7; Paterson 6,
Templeton 7 (Driver 78) Novikovas 7 (Carrick
84); Sutton. Subs not used: Enckelman (GK),
Smith, D McGowan, McHattie.

Booked: Barr.

LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Reina 7: Kelly 7,
Carragher 7, Agger 7, Robinson 6
(Downing 61, 6): Shelvey 6, Spearing 6 (Allen
67, 7), Henderson 6: Sterling 8, Borini 5
(Morgan 90) Adam 7. Subs not used: Jones, Coates, Leiva, Flanagan.

Scorers: Webster (OG).

Man of the match: Sterling.

Referee: Meyer (Germany) 6.

Attendance: 15,965.

Emerging victorious, thanks to a late Andy Webster own goal, Liverpool will now in all probability advance to the group stages of the Europa League but if they are to go any further, the levels of quality in their games must dramatically improve.

‘We are not good enough to be complacent,’ said Rodgers in response to a question about whether Liverpool would be able to take things easy in the return leg at Anfield next week. ‘I was delighted with our commitment and it was a good win but Hearts were excellent. We respect our opponents.’

This was Liverpool’s first trip north of the border since they faced Celtic in 2003 but, without established stars such as Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and the hamstrung Andy Carroll, it became apparent from the first whistle that this would be anything but a formality.

Imbued with resilience, determination and courage, Hearts refused to be overawed by the heritage of their opponents and can be considered unfortunate not to have secured a draw. They may not have won in the SPL this season but that did not stop John McGlynn’s side being excellent. Roared on by a scarf-twirling, partisan crowd, they made the brighter start, gave the Liverpool goalkeeper a succession of anxious moments and, in the process, expunged the memory of the demolition job Tottenham did on them in this competition last season.

Tough break: Andy Webster (left) turns the ball past Jamie MacDonald (centre) to gift Liverpool the lead

Tough break: Andy Webster (left) turns the ball past Jamie MacDonald (centre) to gift Liverpool the lead

Tough break: Andy Webster (left) turns the ball past Jamie MacDonald (centre) to gift Liverpool the lead

Tough break: Andy Webster (left) turns the ball past Jamie MacDonald (centre) to gift Liverpool the lead

Mehdi Taouil (second left) tries to get a pass away under pressure from Martin Kelly and Jay Spearing

Committed: Mehdi Taouil (second left) tries to get a pass away under pressure from Martin Kelly and Jay Spearing

Ryan McGowan (right) battles with Raheem Sterling

Jump to it: Ryan McGowan (right) battles with Raheem Sterling

Though Liverpool had the first effort
when Charlie Adam cracked a left-foot drive that Jamie MacDonald pawed
wide, Hearts responded when Arvydas Novikovas forced Pepe Reina into a
back-pedalling parry with a dipping drive.

Sensing there was an opportunity for them to grasp — unlike when Spurs
visited 12 months ago and were two goals up within 13 minutes — Hearts
raised the tempo and next to try his luck was captain Marius Zaliukas
with a fizzing drive that sped just over the bar. With chairman Tom
Werner having travelled from America to make a surprise appearance,
Liverpool’s efforts made for uncomfortable viewing and it wasn’t long
before Rodgers got off his seat, pen and a note paper in hand, and
started whistling and barking out orders.

It didn’t make any discernible difference. Hearts continued to press and had two loud claims for penalties turned down.

But they should have found themselves trailing at the interval when Liverpool created the best chance of the game.

Liverpool captain Jamie Carragher under pressure from David Templeton early in the game

Under pressure: Liverpool captain Jamie Carragher

Raheem Sterling, the 17-year-old whose pace and energy had been by far
the highlight of Liverpool’s performance, seized on a loose ball and
showed excellent awareness and poise for one so young as he ushered in
Fabio Borini on the edge of the area. Somehow, though, the Italian
struck the post. If Borini was erratic, the same could not be said of
the jet-heeled Sterling.

It was only a month ago that Rodgers said he wanted to send the
youngster out on loan to accelerate his development but, such are the
strides he has made in the time since, that idea has been scrapped.

‘I have spoken to Raheem and I have told him he won’t be going out on loan,’ said Rodgers.

So close: Fabio Borini sees his shot smack the post

So close: Fabio Borini sees his shot smack the post

The Italian can't quite believe it as his golden chance goes begging

Head in hands: The Italian can't quite believe it as his golden chance goes begging

The second half did, at least, see Liverpool exert more control. Hearts
began with an initial flurry of pressure but there was a calmness about
the way the defensive triumvirate of Reina, Jamie Carragher and Daniel
Agger — the wise old heads of the team — retained possession.

With the pacy Sterling as an option up front, there was always a chance
that they would fashion something on the break and so it proved in the
77th minute when Martin Kelly ended up firing a cross into the six-yard
area that cannoned into the unlucky Webster and into the net.

Little wonder, then, that Rodgers was so pleased at the final whistle
and it turned out to be a good day all around for the manager, as
Liverpool expect to wrap up the season long loan singing of Real Madrid
midfielder Nuri Sahin, subject to him passing a medical.

‘I thought we managed the game well,’ said Rodgers, who refused to
comment about the Premier League investigation into claims from Fulham
that they tapped up Clint Dempsey.

‘It was a good win but it was always
going to be a tough game. Now we have to make sure we finish the second
leg.’

Watching brief: Brendan Rodgers and Andy Carroll before the match

Distant: Andy Carroll (left) and Brendan Rodgers seem frosty

Carroll watches from the stand

Missing out: Carroll watches from the stand

Joe Allen wanted by Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool

Swansea fear Allen will follow Rodgers to Anfield… but Liverpool will have to pay at least 10m

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UPDATED:

06:35 GMT, 1 June 2012

Liverpool expect to unveil Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers as their manager this morning and he is believed to be considering a bid for the Welsh club’s young midfielder Joe Allen.

Rodgers has agreed a three-year deal to succeed Kenny Dalglish, although negotiations looked set to be held up by a wrangle over compensation. However, the Carling Cup winners have agreed to pay the 5million that was in Rodgers’ contract.

Top target: Joe Allen (right), in action for Wales in a friendly against Mexico, is wanted at Anfield

Top target: Joe Allen (right), in action for Wales in a friendly against Mexico, is wanted at Anfield

He has been told he can spend this summer and Sportsmail can
reveal that, as well as attempting to hijack Swansea’s 6.8m move for
Hoffenheim’s Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, Rodgers wants his
old club’s highly-rated Wales playmaker Allen, whom he sees as the type
of player he needs to transfer his pass-and-move style of football to
Anfield. That will cast doubts on the futures of Liverpool midfielders
such as Charlie Adam.

Allen, 22 and a product of the Swansea youth system, is known as a creative midfielder player and played 44 times last season. With three years left on his contract, Rodgers may have to pay in excess of 10m to sign him.

Influential: Joe Allen (right) holds off the challenge of Jordan Henderson

Influential: Joe Allen (right) holds off the challenge of Jordan Henderson in Swansea's 1-0 win over Liverpool

Swansea are sure to fight hard to hang on to Allen, especially as Rodgers is already taking three members of his backroom staff to Anfield.

The 39-year-old has been given the go-ahead by Liverpool owners FSG to bring assistant manager Colin Pascoe, head of performance analysis Chris Davies and performance consultant Glen Driscoll to Anfield.

Replaced: Rodgers takes over from Kenny Dalglish (left) with Liverpool in need of an overhaul

Replaced: Rodgers takes over from Kenny Dalglish (left) with Liverpool in need of an overhaul

Wanted: Hoffenheim's Gylfi Sigurdsson (left) is being chased by Rodgers

Wanted: Hoffenheim's Gylfi Sigurdsson (left) is being chased by Rodgers

Swansea confirmed that compensation had been agreed for all three and their appointments will be finalised. Dalglish’s assistant Steve Clarke has had one resignation offer rejected at Anfield but it is understood that he will now leave.

Rodgers has been told there are no huge
expectations for his debut season, while he has indicated to the owners
that Liverpool are a club in need of major change and that will take
time.