Brendan Rodgers hails Liverpool character

Liverpool's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers applauds before the start of the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, northwest England, on August 17, 2014
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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers praises his side following Sunday's 2-1 win over Southampton in the Premier League.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has hailed his side's character following Sunday's 2-1 win over Southampton.

Daniel Sturridge scored 10 minutes from time to hand the Reds all three points after Nathaniel Clyne had cancelled out a first-half strike from Raheem Sterling.

"We scored two very good goals and we're delighted about the win. In terms of the character and desire and the will to win we were exceptional," he told Sky Sports News.

"They were throwing everything at us at the end but we stood up and made challenges and Simon Mignolet made an incredible save to touch it on to the bar. The three points was the most important I think.

"We had Luis Suarez here last year and it was a similar kind of game. We showed the capacity to dig deep. Southampton played well give them credit. To get the win was very important."

Sturridge has revealed that he is ready to take on the extra pressure this season following the departure of Luis Suarez.

Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, northwest England, on August 17, 2014
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