Sturridge is dancing once more
LIVERPOOL manager Brendan Rodgers admitted increased aggressiveness was key as his side came from behind to defeat Crystal Palace and book their spot in the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Trailing to Frazier Campbell’s strike, Liverpool turned the game in their favour thanks to goals from Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana in the space of nine-second-half minutes.
The Reds last won the cup in 2006 and Rodgers admitted a half-time switch, which included the introduction of substitute Mario Balotelli, had been key.
“After we scored I thought we were very good.We had 15 efforts on goal in the first half but we weren't aggressive enough,” he said.
"I wanted us to keep the width on the pitch, we changed it around at halftime and it worked well for us.
"Daniel Sturridge is a natural goalscorer. The worry is that his teammates are joining in with his dancing."
Crystal Palace deservedly took the lead on 15 minutes when a long ball into the box from Joe Ledley caused havoc in the Liverpool defence, and Campbell swept home.
The goal spurred Liverpool into life with Julian Speroni denying Lallana and Philippe Coutinho while Sturridge thought he should have had a penalty after being tripped by Pape Souare. The equaliser came four minutes into the secondhalf as Sturridge volleyed in from close range following Jordan Henderson’s cross into the box.
And Liverpool went in front on 58 minutes with Lallana the first to react after Balotelli’s freekick was parried by Speroni.
“We’re not going to make excuses, I think Liverpool deserved to win and we have to accept that sometimes,” said Eagles manager Alan Pardew.“But I just think we didn’t get enough of a grip of the game, even after we scored. It’s something we are trying to work on.
“The two strikers who came on for Liverpool we should have dealt with better. They are a tough team but we sat back a bit too much.”
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