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Sturridge looks unstoppable - Rodgers

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Following their thrilling 4-3 win over Swansea, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has praised the character of his team

Brendan Rodgers insists Daniel Sturridge "looks like he can score in every game" after he took his tally for the season to 22 goals with another double in Liverpool's dramatic 4-3 win at home to Swansea.

Sturridge's goals ensured he became only the second man to score in eight consecutive Premier League matches, alongside Ruud van Nistelrooy. The win moved fourth-placed Liverpool four points behind leaders Chelsea.

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Ruud van Nistelrooy scores against Arsenal during his 10-game run © Getty Images
  • Daniel Sturridge still has a way to go to match the scoring feats of Ruud van Nistelrooy, who scored in eight consecutive Premier League matches on two separate occasions
  • Van Nistelrooy first achieved the feat in his first season with Manchester United, scoring in eight games from December 12, 2001 to January 19, 2002
  • The Dutchman did it again in season 2002-03, scoring in the last eight Premier League games of the campaign from March 22 to May 11
  • He then opened the following season by scoring in the first two league games, meaning the record for scoring in consecutive Premier League matches stands at 10
  • In that 10-game run, Van Nistelrooy scored 15 goals. Sturridge currently has 11 in his eight games

"He's [Sturridge] a natural goalscorer," Rodgers said. "He looks like he can score in every single game.

"He's got the ability, he's got the quality and thankfully he plays for us here and has still got a lot of improving to do."

After another porous display at the back, Rodgers admitted the defenders he inherited at the club were "uncoachable" in some of their weaknesses.

Since their 1-0 victory over United at Anfield on September 1, Liverpool have kept only four clean sheets in the league.

Rodgers conceded he substituted Daniel Agger, who was not injured, because he wanted Kolo Toure to provide greater physicality against Wilfried Bony, who scored two goals.

And Rodgers said: "We did not defend anywhere near well enough in any aspect.

"The problem is it is not coaching. Some of the things we concede goals in, you can't coach that. There's a feel when you are in the game of how to defend and you have to use your experience to defend properly.

"We concede poor goals. It isn't so much structurally. It's mistakes or decision making that cost us."

However he insisted that he will not emulate the likes of Chelsea in trying to grind out results and vowed to stick to the free-scoring approach that has seen Liverpool top Manchester City's mark of 69 goals this season.

"It's not our style. I worry always to play good football," Rodgers added. "I'm not one who is totally satisfied to just grind out results. I will always concentrate on performance.

"It is about winning, that is what professional sport is about but I will always concentrate on performance. When we play well, more times than not we get the win."

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